The ANC Brief: April 23, 2018


Posted at Apr 23 2018 05:21 AM

These are the stories ANC will be covering today:


Patience for peace

After numerous starts and stops, President Duterte is again pushing the agenda of peace with communist rebels. Over the weekend, he set a 60-day window for peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA). He also urged CPP founder Jose Ma. Sison to come home for the talks. The President did not say when the 60-day window will start. National Democratic Front consultant Rey Casambre will be a guest on "Early Edition" to talk about their response to the President’s 60-day window. Will a peace deal finally materialize after the President called off the talks a number of times?


OFWs in distress

The Kuwaiti government has summoned Philippine Ambassador Renato Pedro Villa over supposed inflammatory statements made through a local newspaper. Kuwait also served protest notices on the Philippine ambassador over the supposed “rescue” of distressed OFWs. This could further strain the relations between the two countries. And this comes just as an agreement between the two nations on the protection of OFW is close to being signed.


Human rights

A U.S. State Department report said extrajudicial killings in the war against drugs are still a concern. This merited a swift reply from the Palace. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the Philippines did not need other countries “to tell us what to do.” He added that the anti-drugs campaign was meant to save lives, combat criminality and stop the country’s slide into a narco state. Commission on Human Rights (CHR) spokesperson Jacqueline De Guia told ANC that other governments were also listed in the U.S. State Department’s Annual Human Rights Report, and that the government should take the report as “constructive criticism" and that it’s a reminder for the Philippines to adhere to the country’s international commitments on human rights.


War on corruption

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) confirmed that five Cabinet members are under investigation for corruption. But PACC member and spokesperson Greco Belgica did not name the officials. Stay tuned on ANC for more details on this. Who are the five officials?


Barangay, SK elections

The Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Education and the Commission on Elections will hold a 10 a.m. joint press conference on the coming polls. ANC will air this press conference live. Probable topic includes barangay officials (and maybe even Sangguniang Kabataan officials) on the drugs watchlist.