These are the stories ANC will be covering today:
What has been whispered in certain circles has finally come to pass. Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her allies made their move and wrangled the House leadership away from Pantaleon Alvarez, who served as transportation secretary when she was president. In a statement, the Palace said it is deferring to members of the House on the choice of their leaders. But how did she rise to the position? Who helped her launch this sneak attack? And does she really have the Speakership in the bag? Rep. Sharon Garin told ANC Monday night that the tussle over the House leadership is not seen to be over. ANC will watch the situation in the House on Tuesday closely for any developments.
SONA that happened
It was short, expletive-free and hardly any ad-libs. President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), delayed due to the tussle in the House, clocked in at 48 minutes, the shortest of the three he has given so far. Among the many things he said: the drug war will continue and will be relentless and chilling; he warned rice cartels to “stop messing with the people;” he vowed to continue to pursue independent foreign policy; he warned irresponsible miners; his government will not waver in defending the West Philippine Sea; justice will catch up with the corrupt; and he won’t extend his term under any constitution. ANC will get more reactions to the President’s speech.
TRAIN on schedule
President Duterte rejected calls to suspend the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN). In a statement, DOF Sec. Sonny Dominguez also defended the need for TRAIN and that the administration is serious about having Package 2 signed by the end of the year. The House’s ways and means committee will have a hearing on reducing corporate income tax.
BOL still in play
The Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) seems to be a casualty of the intramurals in the House as its planned ratification on Monday did not push through due to the intramurals in the House. In his speech, President Duterte said he would sign the BOL in 48 hours. ANC will keep watch on the Lower House and will be ready to break the ratification of the law. Murad Ebrahim will be guest on Early Edition to talk about the new law and the good it can do for Mindanao.
More of the monsoons
Flooding due to monsoon rains has been reported in Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Occidental Mindoro and some parts of Central and Northern Luzon. ANC will give you the latest on the situation in these areas. We will also contact local government officials on their relief and response operations.
– The Ombudsman will hold a press conference at 11 am. ANC will bring you this event live.