The ANC Brief: Intrusion delusion


Posted at Apr 29 2019 04:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte is back from China. Whether things will change in the South China Sea remains to be seen. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

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Clamming up on the clams
President Duterte has wrapped up his latest trip to China where he brought up Chinese incursions in the disputed waters. Jay Batongbacal expects changes in China’s attitude. A civil society group warns of conditions attached with loans from Beijing. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. fired off another tweet saying the issue of the harvest of giant clams in the South China Sea should be left alone. He said that if China ends up granting us permission and even help save the clams, the country’s victory before the arbitral tribunal in the Hague, would be eroded.

Critical level
The level in Angat Dam has breached the critical level of 180 meters. This could mark the return of the water crisis. ANC will continue to monitor the water levels and get in touch with the concessionaires and concerned officials for their next course of action.

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'Toxic intrusion'
A study by the Ateneo de Manila University on police operations on war on drugs noted many violations of our basic rights. Also, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issued a resolution calling for a congressional hearing to find out if aid from the U.S. is being used in country’s war on drugs. Interior Undersecretary Epimaco Densing said the resolution was aimed at discrediting the Duterte administration.Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo called it “toxic intrusion.”

Sibling rivalry
The bickering between siblings Junjun and Abby Binay, who are both running for Makati City mayor, came to the fore after a video of the two showed them in a heated exchange -- inside a church no less. Junjun and Nancy Binay will be guest on ANC’s "Headstart" to talk about the rift in the their family.

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The mourning after
“I don’t like remembering people in my life as dead,” writes Celine Lopez about recently losing her father. “I erased the date of the day he died from my head.” In her essay for ANCX, she argues that grieving is a strange process, and that there is no right way to do it.