Cabinet members are being probed for corruption. A trans woman is detained for using the ladies room. And a foreigner allows her child to do “number 2” on Boracay’s beach. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Whiff of corruption
Two more Cabinet members are facing a probe for corruption, according to Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Greco Belgica. The probe, he said, would be completed by October after which they would report the findings to the Palace. Belgica also said at least 200 government officials are under lifestyle checks by the PACC. President Duterte had said he would not tolerate even a “whiff” of corruption.
De Lima’s furlough
Two judges granted Sen. Leila de Lima’s request to visit her ailing mother. The senator is to return to her detention in Camp Crame on or before Aug. 16. Stay with ANC for updates on the senator’s latest furlough from detention.
Farmers Plaza has apologized to the trans woman who was discriminated and detained for using the ladies room. Lawmakers are calling for a probe into the incident.
A portion of the world-famous Boracay beach has been closed off after a foreigner apparently let her child take a dump on the beach. The dirty deed was caught on video and quickly went viral. Authorities are now trying to locate the tourist. Local ordinances prohibit defecating, urinating, and spitting on public places. The incident comes after island paradise was closed for six months to give way for the rehabilitation of its sewage system.
Betsy Medalla, masters swim coach and the country’s foremost advocate of the open water swimming, talks to ANCX about the competition she founded, training specifically for the great outdoors, and how being grateful can calm fears and nerves.