The ANC Brief: Accountability


Posted at Jun 17 2019 04:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to attend the anniversary of the Philippine Navy Monday as his administration faces what could be its gravest crisis in the high seas. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Fishermen in the Palace
Calls for accountability from China over the Recto Bank incident are rising. The captain of the Filipino ship is set to meet President Duterte and would demand justice for the incident. But will they be able to stick to their story that they were rammed by a Chinese ship and left in the water? The captain also expressed dismay over Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi’s statement making it appear the ramming was an accident. 

Meanwhile, at least two Cabinet secretaries initially said there would be a Cabinet meeting on the incident. But Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said the meeting was cancelled. 

Vice President Leni Robredo said the Chinese crew must stand trial in the Philippines. President Duterte is due to attend the Philippine Navy anniversary at 4 p.m. in Silang, Cavite. Will he finally address the incident?

Scams galore
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it has secured over P100 million in bank deposits linked to the Kapa ministry. Meanwhile, a new scam in Tagum City, Davao del Norte has reportedly duped investors of P200 million.

Mission accomplished
It’s mission accomplished for outgoing House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. In her exclusive interview with ANC’s Tina Monzon-Palma, Arroyo said she has accomplished what she set out to do in the Lower House as Speaker. That interview will air Monday on ANC. What's next for the former president and one of the most controversial politicians in the country’s history?

Slow internet
The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) will launch the E-Government Master Plan Monday. 

Meanwhile, Globe Telecom will be launching its first steps in improving ICT infrastructure in the country. Will all these improve internet speed in the country, which is still below the global average, and improve government services to the public?

Army bros
The military jacket has become a shared fascination for Apa Ongpin and his son Baston ever since the older Ongpin brought home a 1981 Landmacht uniform blouse. Baston explains their sartorial benefits to ANCX while his father supplies a bit of history.