The United Nations is going to look into extrajudicial killings in the government’s war on drugs. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Poised to probe
The United Nations Human Rights Council has approved a resolution to prepare a report into extrajudicial killings carried out in the Duterte administration’s war on drugs. It’s a blow to the government’s campaign and shows global opinion is against it. Foreign Affairs Sec. Teddy Locsin Jr. brushed off the vote saying it was based on false information. At least 6,000 have died in the Duterte administration’s war on drugs. And those numbers are from the national police force. President Duterte will attend the anniversary of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology at 3:30 p.m. and an event for overseas Filipino workers at Camp Aguinaldo at 5:30 p.m. He might comment on the U.N. vote.
Win to waste
Today is the third anniversary of the Hague arbitral win of the Philippines on China’s claims in the West Philippines Sea. But with President Duterte’s pivot to China, will the win go to waste? Just recently, a Social Weather Survey (SWS) revealed that 9 out of 10 Filipinos said it was important for the government to regain control of islands held by China in the West Philippine Sea. There will be a forum on the arbitral victory at 8 a.m. We can air this live. Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, who was part of the team that argued in the Hague proceedings, will be on ANC’s "Headstart."
Davao Rep. Paolo Duterte hinted that the power struggle for Speaker of the House is not yet over. He implied that a coup against Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano was in the offing. Cayetano was endorsed by Paolo’s father, President Duterte, as the next House Speaker. But the president shrugged off Paolo’s coup scenario saying it’s wishful thinking. PDP-Laban head honcho Sen. Koko Pimentel said that theoretically, a coup is possible. Cayetano has also been talking about term extensions for lawmakers, an apparent bid to curry favor and prevent a coup.
Philippine online gambling operations (POGO) is becoming big business in the country. The country is cornering a big piece of the online gambling pie with mostly Chinese companies going after markets in the U.S. and Europe. The industry has also driven local property prices up. Offshore gaming operations in the country employ about 138,000 workers, mostly Chinese. Authorities are trying to regulate their employment by requiring them to pay taxes and obtain tax identification numbers. It’s estimated that government can collect P2 billion a month in taxes from these workers. But critics of this new openness to online gambling and Chinese workers said the so-called “Pogo Island” in Cavite could be the start of a “creeping Chinese colonization.”
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