The ANC Brief: May 10, 2018

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Posted at May 10 2018 05:03 AM

Here are the stories ANC will be covering today:

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Another sacking

In his last speech, President Rodrigo Duterte said he has fired another government official. He did not identify this official but said this official was traveling extensively to climate change conferences. This comes in the heels of the resignation (or firing?) of Wanda Tulfo-Teo. Who is this official? ANC will try to find out and get more details.

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Another rescue

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque and Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello are in Kuwait to try to rescue not OFWs there, but relations between the two countries. They managed to get the Kuwaiti to agree to sign a MOA to protect OFWs there. They also secured the release of 4 Filipino drivers arrested by the Kuwaiti officials for helping in the controversial rescue of OFWs that caused the diplomatic row between the two countries. Will this end the problems of the Duterte administration with the Kuwaiti government? 

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Return of the Chief Justice

Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno returned to the SC. ANC will monitor updates from the High Court as it is due to decide on the quo warranto against the Chief Justice on Friday. Reports said she will recuse herself during the deliberations on the quo warranto petition. Her supporters are due to rally and express support on Friday. Meanwhile, House Justice Committee head Rep. Rey Umali said the House will proceed with Sereno’s impeachment regardless of the SC vote. Sereno will be guest on ANC’s Headstart.

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“Shady” controversy

ANC will dive into the ballot “shading” controversy in the current recount involving Vice President Leni Robredo and Bongbong Marcos. In April, the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) junked the motion of Robredo to consider a 25% shading in the ballot as valid, which her camp argues was the standard adopted by the Comelec in the counting of the votes in 2016. Robredo’s supporters are going online with a campaign to keep the 25% rule by posting their profile pics wearing sunglasses, or “shades.” ANC will get in touch with the parties involved and election laws experts on this. 

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Concerns on inflation

The IMF has cautioned Philippine policymakers to closely monitor rising consumer prices as the inflation rate is expected to go up. Sen. Bam Aquino wants a suspension of the TRAIN amid rising prices. He said he will file a bill on this. ANC will try to interview him on this, as well as economists and analysts on the possible repercussions on the suspension of TRAIN. ANC will air live the 10 a.m. press conference on the country’s 2018 1Q GDP in Pasig. The consensus is 6.8%. Also, keep an eye on rising global oil prices.