The ANC Brief: Charter change, again

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Posted at Jul 20 2020 05:01 AM

Previous attempts to change the Constitution have failed. Will the government succeed this time? Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Attempting charter change
As if we didn't already have our hands full battling a deadly pandemic, over a thousand municipality mayors are said to be pushing the proposal for constitutional reform. Sen. Franklin Drilon blasted the idea, saying what's needed now is food and jobs, not charter change. Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya will be on ANC's Matters of Fact to discuss this idea.

A death in a prison
Speaking of the pandemic, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country is now at 67,456. At the Bureau of Corrections, a man identified as Jaybee Nino Sebastian died of COVID-19 at the National Bilibid Prison. A man going by the same name accused Sen. Leila De Lima of involvement in the illegal drug trade. Is this the same man? Is Sebastian really dead?

Pattern of intimidation
As the Anti-Terrorism Law took effect, a 10th petition was filed assailing the new law. Various civic groups, members of the academe and other individuals urged the Supreme Court to declare the law unconstitutional and stop the formation of the Anti-Terror Council. The influential Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) expressed concern over the new law and denounced the "pattern of intimidation" by government of its critics. 

Stars coming out
Employees and supporters held a large protest action and noise barrage this weekend to protest the government's decision to deny the network a new broadcast franchise. Some of the network's biggest stars also added their voice calling for a new franchise.

The good mayor
Sagada Mayor James Pooten Jr. is a public official who puts people first and employs the ideas of town critics to guide his leadership. It’s been working so far as the town hasn’t felt the ravages of COVID.