Some confusion and more alternative views on the government’s position on China and the West Philippine Sea. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:
'In possession' vs 'in position'
Cabinet men tried to clarify the president’s statement in the SONA that China is in possession of areas in the West Philippine Sea but only succeeded in muddling and confusing the issue some more. While the president clearly said China was “in possession,” National Security Adviser Jun Esperon said the president actually meant “in position.” He was even seconded by Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana. Right. Meanwhile, Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio, Amb. Albert del Rosario and former Omb. Conchita Carpio-Morales have presented pretty good rebuttals of the president’s SONA statements on the China and the West Philippine Sea. Carpio said China will finish off the fish in the WPS and that the Senate must act immediately to ratify or repudiate the verbal agreement with China on fishing in our waters. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo quipped that it’s unlikely China will deplete the marine resources because the sea is “vast.”
Close allies of the president got key committee chairmanships including Sen. Ronald dela Rosa as chair of the committee on public order and dangerous drugs. It’s the committee tasked to investigate the deaths related to the war on drugs, of which he was at one time its chief architect.
Lending a helping hand
The Office of Solicitor General (OSG) reportedly had a hand in preparing the affidavit of Peter Joemel Advincula alias “Bikoy” on the sedition charges against Vice President Leni Robredo and other members of the opposition. The Palace had denied the government had anything to do with the sedition complaint. Law expert Pacifico Agabin said that while it may not be considered illegal for the OSG to review Advincula’s affidavit, it doesn’t look good for the government.
The push for federalism isn’t dead just yet. Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said President Duterte is set to jumpstart his pet project and campaign promise with a national convention next month. How does this square with the president leaving out federalism in his SONA and his subsequent statement that he is leaving the project to the next president?
From Café Adriatico to Bistro Remedios, Larry J. Cruz and Malate laid the groundwork for today’s thriving casual dining scene. Mickey Fenix writes for ANCX about the unsuspecting cafe born out of a furniture store that stood the test of time.