The ANC Brief: Winner winner, chicken dinner


Posted at May 21 2019 04:00 AM

The winners of the May elections are set to be proclaimed today. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Winning is the only thing
The Comelec has scheduled the proclamation of winners for 6 p.m. today. As of Monday night, the battle for the last few spots on the Magic 12 came down to Isabela and overseas votes. Philippine National Police chief Police General Oscar Albayalde said 27 politicians in the "narco list" won in the last elections. But he said they will still be investigated.

Questionable quest
Various youth groups have filed a petition opposing the substitution of National Youth Commission (NYC) chair Ronald Cardema as nominee of the Duterte Youth partylist group. Former NYC officer Dingdong Dantes had a lot to say about Cardema’s questionable quest to sit in Congress.

Return of the harvesters
Greg Polling of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) sent photos showing that Chinese clam harvesting fleets have returned to the South China Sea in force over the last six months. Also, US warships sailed close to Scarborough Shoal on Sunday. 

Garbled signals
Net dollar inflows into the country surged to their highest level in almost six years. The PSEi extended its gains but the peso weakened further. The US-China trade war is still looming over global markets. Top US tech firms shut out Huawei. Philippine telco firms, which use Huawei in their networks, said their services will not be affected.

Choir boy
Convinced that he was as born for the stage, Boy Abunda found himself under the lights of the Metropolitan theater. In this exclusive for ANCX, he recalls his days as part of the chorus line, way before life took him down a different path.