The ANC Brief: May 22, 2018


Posted at May 22 2018 05:09 AM

Here are the stories ANC will cover today:

Filipinos hold placards outside Chinese consulate during a protest over the reports that China would start preparations to build an environmental monitoring station at the disputed South China Sea, in Makati City. Erik De Castro, Reuters/file photo

Pivoting too far?
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) says it is continuing patrols in the South China Sea. The Palace thinks China is not a threat but the recent landing of strategic long-range bombers in the area is a “cause for concern.” Former Foreign Affairs Sec. Albert Del Rosario says Filipinos should take a stand on the issue of the South China Sea. Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano says the “timid response” of the government to China’s moves puts the country and its neighbors at risk. President Duterte will be guest at a Philippine Navy event at 2 p.m. If he gives a speech, it is likely he might talk about the South China Sea. His speech might give us a clue as to just how far he is pivoting to China, or whether he is in the mood to listen to other voices on the South China Sea issue. Make sure we are ready to air his speech if he gives one. Also, former President Fidel V. Ramos will hold a press conference 9 a.m. ANC will give you these updates during the day.

Commuters wait for train coaches at the Light Railway Transit Line 1 -Doroteo Jose Station on February 2, 2017. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/file photo

Bureaucrat gets the boot
The President has fired Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino for allegedly dealing with a sister of the President. The firing came a day after he said in a press conference that “higher officials” of the DOTr derailed the Mindanao Railway project to borrow funds from a foreign company despite having a P36 billion budget. This has been denied by the DOTr. Will more heads roll? We can also get cues from the President’s speech at the Philippine Navy event. Meanwhile, Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) head Cesar Montano submitted his courtesy resignation to Tourism Sec. Berna Romulo Puyat.

Sen. Vicente Sotto III strikes the gavel for the first time as the newly elected Senate President on Monday. Angie De Silva, ABS-CBN News

Change in the upper chamber
Sen. Tito Sotto III has been installed as the new Senate President. He has promised to defend the Senate from attacks and unfair criticism. This is a reference to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who has criticized the Senate for acting too slow on measures already approved by the House. In a statement, Alvarez said he hopes the Senate would act with more dispatch. ANC will try to talk to Sen. Sotto on the issue of the Senate’s relationship with Alvarez and the House of Representatives. Also at 10 a.m. there will be a hearing on Philhealth. 

A teacher, who used to teach in Marawi City's Elementary School, helps paint one of the Temporary Learning Spaces at the Sagonsongan Temporary Shelter area in Marawi, Lanao Del Sur on Monday.

More on Marawi
As we near the anniversary of the Marawi siege, ANC will continue to air more stories and updates on the rehabilitation of the city. ABS-CBN reporters who covered the siege have gone back to the city to pick up stories they covered, including the people stories, a look at the main battle area today and various efforts to raise Marawi from the rubble. ANC will also continue to air its “New Moon” documentary series by Marawi film makers.

Game developers let youngsters play-test their games. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Parenting in the digital age
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will hold its first Digital Parenting Conference that seeks to raise awareness on the safe use of the internet. Topics include cyberbullying and online sexual exploitation of children. ANC will bring you highlights and updates of the event.