The ANC Brief: Garbage in, garbage out

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Posted at May 17 2019 04:00 AM

A trashy diplomatic row threatens ties between Canada and the Philippines. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Recalled
The Department of Foreign Affairs pulled out Philippine diplomats in Canada. The Palace said the recall is a warning Manila might cut ties with Canada. But Trade Sec. Ramon Lopez said trade and business ties between the two countries are safe. What is Ottawa’s next move to quell this diplomatic row with Manila? Foreign Affairs Sec. Teddy Locsin Jr. said the threat of war against Canada is to be taken seriously.

Allowed
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) allowed theParish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) to access the transparency server audit logs to probe 7-hour delay in the transmission of results. There will be Black Friday protests against the elections at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Interior department will hold a press conference on its assessment of the midterm elections at 9 a.m.

Fired
President Duterte fired Food and Drug Administration Director General Nela Charade Puno for alleged corruption. The President fires officials ostensibly due to corruption but no explanation or additional details are provided. 

Challenged
Outgoing House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will hold a media meeting in Cebu. She is expected to talk about the composition of the new House of Representatives and priority legislation. 

Expert view
There are many reasons why, for the first time since the Commonwealth, not one opposition candidate is going to make it to the midterm’s top 12. A veteran persuasion expert and political PR breaks down the ways Otso Diretso failed to ignite the electorate.