The ANC Brief: July 20, 2018


Posted at Jul 20 2018 04:21 AM

Here are some of the stories ANC will be covering today.:

With the President’s SONA just around the corner, urban poor groups hold protests near the Malacanang in Manila on Thursday, July 19, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Closing in on SONA

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to deliver his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday. ANC will keep you updated on pre-SONA preparations and protest actions. Militants already held initial protest actions on Thursday. Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo will hold a presscon in Naga at 8 am. The Center for People’s Empowerment and Governance (CENPEG) will hold a 9 a.m. forum in UP Diliman. Gabriela will hold its own State of the Women Address at 2 p.m. A protest action by the youth will start at 3 p.m. in Nagtahan before they march to Mendiola. Black Friday protests will be held 5-6:30 pm also in Mendiola and Camp Crame. Other events include a BAYAN presscon and the Lakbayan from Southern Tagalog.

BOL in their court

The Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) has already been passed but some expressed concerns about the law. Will the BOL, as it was passed, work? Sen. Franklin Drilon said it won’t lead to good governance since there is no anti-dynasty provision. Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin said the BOL is useless if the shift to federalism pushes through. Benedicto Bacani of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance will be guest on Early Edition to talk about the BOL. What should our leaders and the Bangsamoro do to ensure the BOL succeeds and brings peace to Mindanao?

Unstoppable force, immovable object

It’s apparent the two chambers of Congress have differing opinions on charter change. Senate President Tito Sotto shut down the plan of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to launch a people’s initiative for charter change. He also said senators would be independent on the issue. Sotto also said he will call an all-senators caucus on Tuesday. How will this impasse be broken? Will the President intervene? And who will give way? Meanwhile, there will be a public forum on charter change at the IBP Building in Pasig from 4-7 p.m. Slated to appear at the event are former Chief Justices Ma. Lourdes Sereno and Hilario Davide.

Australian nun, Sister Patricia Fox prays during a mass held for her at the Bustillos Church in Manila, April 27, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News


The Bureau of Immigration has ordered the deportation of Sister Patricia Fox. Her lawyers expressed dismay with the decision and vowed to exhaust all remedies available to them. What is their next move?

Stemming the rise

Rising prices have been a concern of many these past few days and seems to be the weak point of the administration’s TRAIN tax reform program. Can the government stem the rising prices of goods? The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will hold a 10 a.m. presscon on this issue. ANC will bring you updates on the press conference and monitor the reaction of the markets to whatever statements the BSP will make.