The ANC Brief: Duterte in China, again


Posted at Apr 25 2019 04:00 AM | Updated as of Apr 25 2019 05:06 AM

The President is in China again as part of his pivot to the Asian giant. Will the South China Sea dispute get in the way? Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Chopping block
President Duterte is in China for the Belt and Road Initiative forum. He is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. This is his fourth trip to China in a bid to shore up his Build, Build, Build program. Will the South China Sea dispute be on the table as the Palace earlier indicated? Before leaving, the President said he is leaving behind letters of dismissal to allegedly corrupt officials. Who is next on the chopping block? 

Of our neighbors
How does the Philippine economy fare against its neighbors like economic powerhouse Vietnam in the age of Duterte? We are about to find out. The Philippine Statistical Authority will hold a 10 a.m. press conference on the economic performance of the region in 2018 as measured by the gross regional domestic product. 

Building code
Compliance with the country’s building code is now under the microscope after the recent series of earthquakes. Experts have said that by and large, the country’s builders have been adhering to the building code. But since this is the Philippines, shortcuts are likely. Engr. Ronaldo Ison, vice president of the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines, will be guest on Headstart. 

Power for the people
The Senate Energy Committee will hold a 1 p.m. meeting on the recent spate of power outages in Luzon. This might give us a glimpse into the inner workings of the energy sector. How much of the sector is impervious to natural disasters like earthquakes?

End game
As election day nears, and their days as senator come to a close, we look at four lawmakers—Antonio Trillanes, Loren Legarda, Gringo Honasan, and Chiz Escudero—and ask what they’ve done and where they’re going.