The ANC Brief: Health of the President


Posted at May 20 2019 04:00 AM

Malacanang denied rumors the President was hospitalized recently. Here are the stories ANC will be covering today:

Hospital blues
The health of the President is again in focus. The Palace denied rumors President Rodrigo Duterte was hospitalized in the past few days. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President is at the Palace signing papers. Former presidential aide Christopher “Bong” Go released a photo of the President on Sunday with the day’s papers to dispel rumors. In a recent survey, 66 percent of those polled said they were concerned about the health of the President.

Proclamation delayed
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) moved its planned proclamation of winning senatorial candidates from Sunday to between Monday and Wednesday. Defective SD cards are being blamed for the delay in the canvassing. Some quarters are urging the Comelec to issue resolution on flaws in the elections to address questions on the credibility of the polls. Will these questions ever be settled?

Out of the Palace
The Palace said National Youth Commission chair Ronald Cardema deemed resigned after he is petitioning the Comelec to become the nominee of the party-list Duterte Youth. If he is successful, he may yet get a seat in Congress. Dismissed Food and Drug Administration director general Nela Charade Puno will be guest on "Early Edition" to talk about what she thinks is the reason for her dismissal.

Trains and a fire
Two coaches of the LRT2 collided Saturday night, sending 34 people to the hospital. It's the first major accident in the LRT2 line, which is being extended to the Masinag area. On Sunday night, a fire hit the Glorietta 2 mall. In 2007, an explosion occurred in the same section of the mall. Investigators concluded then that the cause was a buildup of biogas. ANC will provide the latest on these incidents.

Gold standard
The Ayala Museum hosted a talk to discuss the ideas and information contained in Mark Lewis Lim Higgins's "Gold in Our Veins," a stunning collaborative work that lets his new works be housed in a Chinese bodega setting put together by scenographer Gino Gonzales.