The ANC Brief: Joint probe


Posted at Jun 25 2019 04:00 AM

Should the Philippines and China conduct a joint probe on the Reed Bank incident? Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Defying logic
Former Foreign Affairs Sec. Albert Del Rosario said a joint probe with China on the Reed Bank incident defies logic. He also said China should not have a role in the probe. Some members of the opposition also think the same. Justice Sec. Menardo Guevarra said the country would not be surrendering its sovereignty to China with the joint probe. Former Philippine ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia will be on ANC’s Early Edition to give his views on the issue.

Eye on the prize
He insulted the Vice President by calling her a name, then apologized. Has Foreign Affairs Sec. Teddy Locsin Jr. gone too far? But let’s keep our eye on the prize. The deportation of former Foreign Affairs Sec. Albert Del Rosario is a potential cause of embarrassment to China. Worse, the Philippines looks like it’s siding with Hong Kong on the issue by bringing up the issue of Del Rosario’s diplomatic passport, as Sen. Franklin Drilon pointed out. Another former Foreign Affairs secretary, Perfecto Yasay, said it was unfair to call China a bully for deporting Del Rosario.

Relatives of alleged victims of Dengvaxia filed cases of plunder, graft, and breach of conduct against Health Sec. Francisco Duque for PhilHealth’s lease of a building owned by his family. Duque described the case as a “nuisance” and the accusations “unfounded.”

Eye on PH
The UN Human Rights Council has opened its 41st session. In her opening remarks, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said they are closely following the human rights situation in the Philippines due to the high number of deaths in the government’s war on drugs.

Culinary conversation
How do we bring our food into the future? On the third of ANCX’s series on making a better world, a slow food advocate and executive chef talk about the reality of zero-waste, the food we throw and the culinary heritage we must preserve.