The ANC Brief: Threat of terror


Posted at Aug 12 2019 04:00 AM

Authorities are closely watching a famous church in the north. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Terror alert
Authorities are on alert for a reported threat to churches in northern Luzon. The famous Manaoag church is under tight watch, according to a memo obtained b ABS-CBN News. The military doubts reports of alleged foreign terrorists in the region.

A little respect
If President Duterte invokes the Hague ruling the country won against China in his visit there this month, will China be receptive to negotiations during the visit? The 60-40 sharing on gas and oil exploration in the South China Sea looks like a done deal. The Palace thinks so. But is this the best we can do? A senator is calling for the president to raise the increasing presence of Chinese ships in our waters. Sen. Franklin Drilon said the president must demand respect from China.

Chief enabler
In a recent speech, President Duterte said he won’t consider as bribery gifts given to cops. Vice President Leni Robredo and Sen. Ping Lacson, a former national police chief, said gifts to cops are a bad thing. Sen. Ronaldo Dela Rosa, also a former national police chief, said he sees nothing wrong. Thankfully, current national police chief Oscar Albayalde served as the voice of reason. He said there was no need for the public to give gifts.

Recruitment blues
The government vows to help recover minor recruited by the Left. But do they want to be recovered? Kabataan party-list solon Sarah Elago said a probe into the disappearance of the youth is meant to harass critics of the administration.

Comeback kid
At Pinot, Markus Gfeller takes on private dining for the "experience" generation, carrying with him the same zest and passion from his old Grassi’s days. “Hopefully, people will remember what we prepared here 20 years down the line,” the revered chef says.