These are stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Vice President Leni Robredo welcomed the filing of a communication by former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales before the International Criminal Court on China’s moves in the South China Sea. Foreign policy analysts have varied opinions on the filing. Meanwhile, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez is in China in talks with his counterpart on China projects in the country. Both officials said the prospects for even closer ties are good.
Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez will be at a forum today to talk about the state of the country’s economy. Meanwhile, the Philippine Stock Exchange managed to pierce through the 8000 level. Can the index stay above this level?
The Senate will meet on the budget at 9 a.m. Will this lead to a resolution of the budget tiff in Congress? House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said the budget row will be resolved this week.
Road safety expert Bert Suansing said around 34 Filipinos die each day from road accidents. He said these accidents are a result of human error.
A few good men
It isn’t just the temperature that’s getting heated—these days, the senatorial race has gotten everyone hot and bothered. Will the woke lolo be the dark horse? Will anyone else fake school credentials? Is Otso really diretso? While we’re still sussing out who’s getting our votes, ANCX is putting out a series of essays called “The Last Good Senator.” We’ve asked pundits, journalists and writers about the last good man they’ve seen in the senate hall—in the hopes that this race yields more of the same stern stuff.