Is the president creating his own group of cronies? Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
After Congress killed the renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise, President Duterte said he “dismantled the oligarchy” in the Philippines without declaring martial law. The Palace, which earlier said Duterte was neutral on the network’s franchise, said Duterte’s claim against oligarchs and the killing of franchise was just a coincidence. Even Sen. Bong Go said the president was not referring to ABS-CBN. But the timing of the President’s statement speaks volumes. And in targeting supposed oligarchs, isn’t the president giving rise to his own set of cronies?
Compliance with a ruling
Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana called on China to “comply” with the arbitration ruling the Philippines won against China on the superpower’s claim in the South China Sea. And a recent survey said 7 out 10 Filipinos want government to assert our rights over areas in the West Philippine Sea.
House to house
Interior Sec. Eduardo Ano said policemen and personnel from the local government will be going house to house to search for COVID-19 cases who should not be quarantined at home. He also urged the public to report to authorities anyone who is infected. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno said the plan might cause fear among the public, adding that those who have COVID are not police targets but medical patients. President Duterte is set to announce a set of new quarantine classifications today.
Corruption amid a pandemic
Speaking of COVID-19, the Commission on Audit (COA) vowed it would scrutinize public funds used to combat the pandemic. This amid reports of alleged corruption in the distribution of financial aid at the local level.
For many residents, and even those who have left Pandacan to live elsewhere, the church was more than just a place to express their faith.