With a week to go before the May 13 local elections, things are heating up on the campaign trail. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
The price of honesty
The Otso Diretso candidates groused about the endorsement of El Shaddai of 14 candidates that included lone opposition candidate Bam Aquino. They ask: What does honesty mean for the El Shaddai? Willie Villarama, adviser of El Shaddai's Bro. Mike Velarde, will guest on ANC’s "Early Edition" to answer their concerns. Meanwhile, ANC will continue to cover preparations for the elections by the Commission on Elections. Ballots have arrived in Manila but there are concerns after some seals were reportedly broken.
Protecting the seas
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) challenged the government to prove it is really protecting the marine environment in the West Philippine Sea. IBP president Abdiel Fajardo said they have not seen any evidence of this. The group issued the challenge after the Supreme Court issued a writ of kalikasan. The Palace said they have been always been protecting the country’s waters.
Numbers for the market
Some economic numbers to be released this week are sure to impact the markets. April inflation numbers will be released on Tuesday and the expectation is that it will hover between 2.7% and 3.5%. Also first-quarter GDP numbers will be out on Thursday. Analysts think the number will be higher than 6% aided by poll spending, construction and other factors.
The Muslim world will mark the start of the holy Ramadan period with the May local elections just around the corner. The holy month will afford our Muslim brethren the chance to reflect on their choices in the elections.
Now fulfilling his dream of running a hotdog joint, Duncan Gates partnered with Tom Thurnherr and Pepper Teehankee for Three Guys and A Grill, where they want to make gourmet sausages accessible to all. They currently have six branches in the Philippines, but are looking to expand within the region soon.