The ANC Brief: Survey ships


Posted at Aug 13 2019 04:00 AM

The government has banned all foreign survey ships in the country’s waters. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Talking point
Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr. said he has banned all foreign marine survey ships in the country’s waters. He said the ban extends even to ships of China. The ban comes after reports that two Chinese survey ships were spotted in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The presence of Chinese survey ships should be another possible talking point when President Duterte visits China again this month.

Tiring taxes
Lawmakers are looking for a compromise on the TRABAHO bill. They want to make sure it generates the much needed revenue but is acceptable to a worried business community. Members of the House of Representatives will get a briefing on the tax measures from the Department of Finance at 11 a.m.

The giver and the gift
When is a gift to cops actually a bribe? Even former national police chief and now Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa admitted that he received gifts when he was in the service, among them Lacoste shirts for Christmas. President Duterte earlier said it was okay for cops to receive gifts. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo added that police officers can accept gifts of “nominal value” as long as these are not “excessive.” The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will be celebrating the 118th anniversary of the police service at 10 a.m. Let’s see what Metro Manila policemen and their superiors say about receiving gifts.

Tangled in traffic
People online are still debating on ways to solve the traffic problem. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is dead set on making bus drivers behave and banning provincial buses in the city’s busiest artery. Mobility advocates are urging a more comprehensive solution. The Senate will hold a 10 a.m. hearing on the provincial bus ban.

Notes on a scandal
A young woman said she was sexually taken advantage of by a panelist during a national writers workshop last May. The workshop director’s retort: Where are the bruises? ANCX spoke to the characters involved—to paint a picture beyond the Facebook posts.