Here are the big stories ANC will be covering today:
Two military officials have been fired for corruption and are facing court martial. This is related to alleged corrupt practices at the V. Luna Medical Center. Reports said more heads will roll. AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez vowed they will address “systemic corruption” in V. Luna in a month. There are 20 more involved. Who are they and how are they involved?
How did P6.8 billion worth of shabu slip past Customs? The Palace said President Duterte still trusts Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena. The BOC said the PDEA, which led the recent raid that led to the recovery of the P6.8 billion, did not share information on the shipment. But the PDEA said they were communicating with Customs since July. The weird part: Lapena was former head of the PDEA. The Presidential Anti-Crime Commission is set to probe the shipment and said they won’t hesitate to recommend to the President the firing of officials found to be involved in the shipment. At 10 a.m., there will be a House hearing on the shipment. Watch out for the live airing on ANC.
Over the budget
Our honorable representatives at the House of Representatives have stopped deliberations of the 2019 budget on the account of their opposition to cash-based budgeting. The congressmen said they want to revert to obligation-based budgeting. The Palace says they are shocked and that cash-based budgeting was meant to solve underspending. Which institution will get their way? While the two institutions bicker, the Senate said it would continue their own deliberations. Budget and Management Sec. Ben Diokno said the Duterte administration can live with a re-enacted budget and that they could wait for a new Congress.
Thinking about the weather
San Mateo, Rizal and Meycauyan, Bulacan are under a state of calamity. The DENR suspended quarrying in San Mateo and Rodriguez, which many have said is the cause of the flooding in Marikina. At 10 a.m., the Senate will hold a hearing on the flood management master plan for Metro Manila. Stay tuned for ANC for updates on this hearing.
Inflation, the budget, and the costs of federalism are still concerns in the economic front and could continue to weigh on the markets. NEDA Sec. Ernesto Pernia will be guest on ANC’s Headstart. On the global front, there is turmoil in Turkey as their currency plunged after the U.S. said they would impose trade tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum. Malaysia also said it would try to extricate itself from debt. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said they will seek the cancellation of its China loans.
- Will the government do something about the Chinese radio warnings received by Philippines troops patrolling in the South China Sea? Galvez and the Palace said the Philippines will continue sea patrols in the South China Sea despite the frequent radio warnings issued by China. Galvez said the radio warnings are a daily thing for the troops on patrol.
- The Senate will hold a 10 a.m. hearing on the Department of Tourism ads with Bitag. If any of the Tulfo brothers are appearing in the hearing, there could be fireworks. Will they finally return the P60 million as they earlier promised?