The ANC Brief: Budget bind


Posted at Apr 12 2019 04:11 AM

President Duterte hinted the budget bill could be delayed some more. Here are the stories ANC will be covering today:

Presidential postponement
In his last speech in Bacolod City, President Duterte threatened to veto the budget on allegations of illegal insertions. The Palace initially scheduled the signing of the budget for April 15. But the signing was taken off the President’s schedule. Delays in the budget and the possibility of a reenacted budget is taking a toll on the economy. The President also refused to reveal where he is stashing his wealth. He also delivered his last speech behind a bullet-proof glass panel again. He will be in Marawi to campaign with his PDP-Laban candidates at 3 p.m.

The administration is threatening to steamroll the competition in the next election, if the latest survey is to be believed. In the latest Pulse Asia survey, two more administration candidates were added to the “magic 12.” But opposition candidates are unfazed. Only 2 opposition bets are among 16 candidates with a “statistical chance of winning.” 

More tough talk
The Palace maintained the Philippines’ sovereignty is “non-negotiable.” Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Manila is dealing with Beijing diplomatically but would not hesitate to assert its sovereignty. Also, the Balikatan joint military exercises between Filipino and American troops are due to end today at 9 a.m.

Legal eagles
Officials of the judiciary will be in Pampanga for the launching of the Angeles City Justice Zone. There might be comments from Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin and Justice Secretary on the case brought by Rappler before Supreme Court to end the coverage ban imposed by the Duterte administration. Also, Interior and Local Government Sec. Eduardo Ano might comment on peace and order, electoral violence, and kidnapping. This after the country was flagged by the US Department of State as one of 35 countries with high risk for kidnapping.

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