The ANC Brief: Garbage issue


Posted at May 27 2019 04:00 AM

Things between Canada and the Philippines are heating up. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Garbage issue
Relations between Canada and the Philippines are taking a turn for the worse. The Palace told its officials not to travel to Canada. It also banned deals with Ottawa. Malacanang admitted that the bans are in line with its policy of reducing ties with Canada in light of the garbage issue. Will the riff end and how?

Presidential ribbing
Speaking of relations, public affairs with President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo present are closely watched affairs, with every word and gesture between them scrutinized. In Sunday’s graduation of the Philippine Military Academy, Duterte ribbed Robredo over claims of an ouster plot. While the President made light of the situation, things are frosty when the two don’t share the same spotlight.

Taxing tobacco
With a new senators ready to take their seats in the Upper House, and with a government eager to rake in funds, the Department of Finance renewed its call to pass sin tax hikes. Senate President Tito Sotto, who by all indications is likely to hang on to the Senate’s gavel as Senate President, thinks there is still time before the new senators come in. He also said tabacco manufacturers will support the hike in sin taxes if the government can curb smuggling.

Catching up
Talking about government funds, the government’s economic team said they have a plan to catch up with growth targets after the economy slowed down due to delay in the passing of the government’s budget. What could be their strategies to make up for lost time and will they work?

Talking points
Floy Quintos’s much loved "The Kundiman Party" is being restaged at PETA. ANCX’s Ces Drilon sits down with the celebrated playwright and screenwriter to talk about his play, which unexpectedly touches on a lot of present-day issues.