The ANC Brief: Broadside


Posted at Jul 19 2019 04:00 AM

The Duterte administration goes after its critics with just a few days to go before the State of the Nation Address (SONA). Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Sedition charges
The government launched a legal offensive against its critics when the Philippine National Police (PNP) filed sedition cases against Vice President Leni Robredo, opposition lawmakers and leaders, and members of the clergy. The charge is related to the “Totoong Narcolist” video. The charges were filed by the man who introduced himself as the hooded figure in the videos Peter Joemel Advincula. And his lawyer is Larry Gadon. In the videos, Advincula supposedly linked members of the Duterte family to the drug trade. He later surfaced, then recanted his claims. He is also reportedly facing estafa cases and the company which he said he worked for has denied he was ever their employee.

Cooling inflation
Economic managers will hold a press conference today at 10 a.m. to present the second quarter inflation numbers. The trend of late has been cooling inflation after last year’s spike due to the delay in the budget. Also, the Department of Budget of Management revised its foreign exchange assumptions for its medium-term macroeconomic targets. This while the peso strengthens against the dollar. 

Personnel of the bureau were summoned to the Palace Thursday after being called in by President Duterte. A few days ago, the president said he would be firing around 60 Customs personnel on charges of corruption. Was anyone fired after the summoning, how many and what is the basis?

SONA preps
Government and its critics are ramping up preparations for Monday’s State of the Nation Address (SONA). There will be some fora today focused on the economy and the controversy over the West Philippine Sea (WPS), two issues which are expected to loom over the SONA. At 1:30 p.m., a forum on the WPS with Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio will be held in UP Diliman. 

Game time
Rhom Robins, Mineski CEO and legendary Defense of the Ancients player, is creating a world where gamers are legitimate athletes, and breadwinners who bring home six-figure paychecks. He invites ANCX to his new office at the Santolan Town Plaza to talk about the future of the sport.