Brazen pretender or legit aspirant? The Comelec’s moves on the case of Ronald Cardema and the party-list Duterte Youth are under scrutiny. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Pursuit of power
Can someone over 30 years old represent the youth in Congress? This looks like the central question in the issue of the substitution of Ronald Cardema as first nominee of the Duterte Youth party-list. Commission on Elections (Comelec) chair Sheriff Abas said the age factor is the main crux of the matter. This case is proof there are many things wrong with the party-list system. Even Abas thinks reforms are needed. Incidentally, Cardema showed up at the PICC during the proclamation of the party-list representatives, raising not a few eyebrows. He will be guest on Early Edition to justify his pursuit for a seat in Congress.
President Duterte has cemented his hold on the legislature after the new batch of senators, a majority of whom support the president, were proclaimed Wednesday. This means his legislative agenda is likely to get a major boost. This includes the shift to federalism and the imposition of the death penalty, among others. On the other hand, the Makabayan bloc in Congress gained a seat and now has six seats.
President Duterte ordered the immediate return of the trash to Canada. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Philippines will shoulder the freight cost and said the president was upset over the “inordinate delay” by Canada in taking the trash back. And what if Canada refuses to accept the trash shipment? Panelo said the refuse would be jumped in the seas nearest Canada’s shores.
End of 'endo'?
The Senate approved a measure to end illegal labor contractualization or “endo.” Employers have been long opposed the measure, saying it would cut into their profits. The measure and moves of lawmakers are sure to come under close scrutiny by labor groups and employer groups during the measure’s journey through the bicameral discussions. If it becomes law, the measure could change the labor landscape in the country.
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