These are the stories ANC will be following today.
Moratorium in imperio
According to the Palace, President Duterte has agreed to a “moratorium on statements” against the Church. Will the President keep his promise? In a related development, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed he attended a dinner with former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and 18 bishops. He said Arroyo hosted the dinner to emphasize the need for a close relationship between the Church and the state. This recalls the case of the “Pajero bishops” who received expensive cars from the Arroyo administration financed using PCSO funds.
President Duterte will be in Clark at 4:00 p.m. for a summit on small and medium enterprises. Roque will hold a press conference in Indang, Cavite. ANC will be airing these events live. The President is also scheduled to fly to Kuala Lumpur to watch the fight of Sen. Manny Pacquiao. While there, he is due to meet with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. This meeting should be interesting. Duterte has been trying to cultivate closer ties with China. Mahathir is set to visit China next month and plans to raise the “unfair” deals entered into by the Razak’s government and China.
A “bad optics” outing
The camp of Bongbong Marcos revealed that poll revisors working for his rival Vice President Leni Robredo were found to have gone on an out-of-town trip with the staff of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, which is hearing their poll case. Robredo’s lawyer Romulo Macalintal said there was nothing wrong with the trip and that the Marcos camp sent grocery and snacks for the trip days before the outing. Robredo is set to hold a 9:30 a.m. press conference. Expect both sides to try to spin the event or resort to pointing at the other camp as being just as guilty if not guiltier than the other.
Hand in glove
At 9:30 a.m. there will be a bicameral conference committee hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law. The draft federal constitution has been submitted to the President who reports said would endorse the document to Congress. How does the BBL fit into the federal government as outlined by the draft federal constitution? Will the two fit like hand in glove? If not, how much tweaking is needed? Last June, the President urged the leaders of the MILF to wait for the passage of the BBL and whatever is not included can be “added in the federal scheme of things.” Ghazali Jaafar, chair of Bangsamoro Transition Committee will be guest on Early Edition and could provide inputs on this. Are they satisfied with draft constitution’s outline of a federated Bangsamoro region?
Neither a borrower nor a lender…
The Philippines plans to borrow P1.19 trillion to finance next year’s budget. This is 20 percent higher than last year. The borrowing program is also being undertaken amid the massive $180 billion “Build Build Build” infrastructure program. Budget Sec. Ben Diokno will be a guest on Headstart and will talk about this.