The ANC Brief: May 9, 2018

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Posted at May 09 2018 05:01 AM

ANC will be covering and reporting on these stories today:

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Wanda out, Berna in

Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat has been designated by President Duterte as the new Tourism Secretary replacing Wanda Tulfo-Teo. ANC will report on Puyat’s profile and will interview her to get her thoughts on taking command of the DOT after the controversy involving her predecessor. Meanwhile, the Office of the Ombudsman is starting to probe the transaction involving the DOT and Bitag. DOT Undersecretary Pompee Lavina will be guest on Early Edition. To be sure, he will be asked about the accusations that he leaked the COA report to media. The COA publishes their audit reports online.

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New emissary

A special envoy has been designated to Kuwait in a bid by the Duterte administration to defuse the diplomatic row with that country. But will it work? What will be the first move Abdullah Mama-o? His marching orders from the President is to return to Kuwait and make sure all Pinoys who need to be repatriated are brought home. What will he do about the Filipino diplomats there facing arrests?

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New money

There will be a 3 p.m. presentation of the new generation of currency bank notes and coins at the Palace. ANC will be ready to air the President’s speech. He could talk more about Kuwait, the DOT controversy, and others. On Tuesday night, he talked about some controversial figures in his Cabinet involved in corruption, but did not name any names.

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Bugged

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) will ask Jollibee to take preventive and corrective measures after the agency's investigation showed several attempts of data breach of their online delivery service. ANC will ask for more details on this from the NPC and report on Jollibee’s side on this story.

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On the economy

ANC will monitor the economic affairs briefing on TRAIN and CCT at the Senate. Also, our business group will cover the Breakfast with Ben forum on the rehabilitation of Boracay, issues related to infrastructure, and other issues. Also, the country’s March balance of trade data is set to be released. ANC will report on any effects it might have on the economy and the markets.