The ANC Brief: Drug list and the presumption of innocence


Posted at Mar 15 2019 04:30 AM

President Duterte reads a list of officials allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

New narco-list
The DILG has released a list of local officials allegedly involved in the drug trade. President Duterte himself read most of the names. The DILG had already filed administrative cases against the officials. What is the basis? What is the evidence against them? What about the presumption of innocence and the rule of law? For the sides of those mentioned, expect them to say their inclusion was politically motivated and perpetrated by their opponents in the coming elections. 

Government’s fault?
Speaking of the water crisis, MWSS Chief Regulator Patrick Ty told ANC’s Headstart Thursday that it’s the government’s fault. The Palace said the water shortage looks artificial. Justice Sec. Menardo Guevara said civil cases may be filed against Manila Water. The NDRRMC will hold a 9 a.m. council meeting. There is the possibility of the declaration of a state of emergency or calamity over the whole or even parts of Metro Manila.

In its 2018 human rights report, the US State Department cites continuing human rights violations in the Philippines in 2018. These violations include abuses, extrajudicial killings related to the war on drugs and threats to journalists. The scathing critique comes amid the warm relations between President Duterte and US President Donald Trump. In addition, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo was a recent visitor to the country.

Balance of payments
The BSP will release the balance of payments for the fourth quarter of 2018 at 4 p.m. ANC’s Business group will be covering this and will provide updates. 

Campaign trail
The President will be in Davao for a 5 p.m. event and a campaign sortie with his PDP-Laban candidates also in Davao City. Expect him to give a speech and criticize the opposition candidates again.