The ANC Brief: Caught between China and the deep blue sea


Posted at Jun 18 2019 04:04 AM

After more than a week, we finally hear from President Duterte on the Reed Bank incident. Here are the stories making headlines on ANC today:

Out of tune
Finally, President Duterte addressed the Reed Bank incident. He said it was a simple maritime incident and that some politicians are urging the government to send in the Navy. He also urged everyone to wait for the results of an investigation. Judging from the angry reactions online, the President didn’t hit the right notes on the issue. Is a case of the president being caught between China and the deep blue West Philippine Sea? Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that the Chinese ambassador was summoned or invited to the Palace over the incident. Agriculture Sec. Manny Pinol is leading a government team assisting the fishermen of the FB Gem-Ver which was rammed by a Chinese ship. He will be guest on ANC’s Early Edition.

The economy and legislation
Two gatherings are scheduled for today that could shed light on economic policies in the short and long term. Legislators will be at a forum on the economic and legislative agenda for the incoming Congress at 2 p.m. in Pampanga. Also in Pampanga, there will be a Philippine-Japan infrastructure meeting. In attendance are Finance Sec. Sonny Dominguez, Socio-Economic Planning Sec. Ernesto Pernia and other economic managers. 

Tightening the screws
A spokesman for the Kapa ministry said politics is behind the crackdown on their group. The government is really tightening the screws on Kapa. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) secured more than P100 million in the group’s assets. The Department of Interior and Local Government ordered all mayors to revoke the business permits of the group.

Low level
The water level at the Angat Dam is expected to breach the 160-meter “low level” by this weekend if the dam doesn’t get sufficient rainfall. The dam is the main source of water for Metro Manila. The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) will hold a meeting today on possible water rationing.

Dining dilemma 
While the world is just starting to figure out and appreciate Filipino cuisine, Manila struggles to be an international culinary epicenter. One former food editor believes that one indicator for this is a lack of real dining reviews.