The ANC Brief: Sorting it out


Posted at Jun 06 2019 04:00 AM

The 18th Congress hasn’t begun its sessions but both houses are already dealing with some conflict. Here are the stories ANC will be covering today:

Smoothing ruffled feathers
Senators went to a dinner at the residence of Sen. Manny Pacquiao Wednesday night in an attempt to smooth feathers ruffled in the past days due to conflicts on committee chairmanships and the presidency. Initial reports said Senate President Tito Sotto talked about the history of the Senate and the importance of tradition and respect. Pacquiao is scheduled to hold a press conference at 1 p.m. and could talk about happened over the dinner. Sen. Joel Villanueva will also guest on ANC’s Headstart. 

Authentic minority
On the leadership in the lower House, Rep. Edcel Lagman said the next House Speaker should let an “authentic” minority bloc emerge. This recalls the last Congress when many questioned whether the minority bloc, and its leaders, were effective foils to the majority. 

Comelec’s conundrums
The Commission on Elections is still being criticized for the confusion over the substitution of Ronald Cardema. Comelec spokesman James Jimenez will be guest on Early Edition to talk about Cardema’s case, as well as other issues plaguing the poll body like the President’s order to ditch Smartmatic. The Comelec will also hold the random manual audit of the last elections at 2 pm. 

The numbers on May inflation are out and analysts notice the uptick from 3 percent in April to 3.2 percent last month. Economic managers note the uptick was due to El Nino. ANC’s business group will monitor the reaction of the stock market. How will investors and depositors react to the numbers?

Cape Town
South Africa's amine region offers a breathtaking landscape and a bounty of local produce to create a fascinating culture. And trip to Cape Winelands left ANCX food editor Nana Ozaeta completely amazed.