President Rodrigo Duterte has made his war on graft a hallmark of his administration. How far have we gone in fighting corruption? Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Candid on corruption
In a rare fit of candor from the Office of the Ombudsman, Deputy Ombudsman Cyril Ramos said the country is losing some P700 billion in public funds yearly to corruption. He said that with that amount, “no Filipino would go hungry.” It’s taxpayers' hard-earned money lining the pockets of unscrupulous public officials. The statement came after 2 Cabinet members are due to be fired because of corruption.
Controversy in PAO
Public Attorney's Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta is facing controversy and an alleged rebellion within. Lawyers of the PAO have asked the Ombudsman to suspend Acosta for alleged corrupt acts. Acosta dismissed the complaint as a “demolition job.”
Authorities claimed Chinese warships were not hostile when they passed through the Sibutu Strait. But the military said there was no coordination with the Philippines. Armed Force of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo branded the unannounced entry of the ships a “security threat.” Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo also expressed concern on the passage of the ships and said it was not an act of friendship. He said he told Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua that the Philippines will stand pat on its position on the arbitral ruling and that this position will not change. The statements are the latest in a string of strong comments from Philippine authorities on China’s incursion in the West Philippine Sea. The statements also come just as President Duterte is due to make another visit to China this month.
Bad taste in the mouth
The Palace called for respect for LGBTQ+ rights after a trans woman was detained after barred from using the ladies room in a shopping mall. Gretchen Diez became a rallying point for LGBTQ+ rights. But Diez posing with Imee Marcos and Bong Go, and with the Duterte fist with the latter at that, left a bad taste in the mouth of some netizens.
Going, going, gone
As Juan Miguel Severo puts it, "Goin' Bulilit" is arguably the most political comedy show since Abangan Ang Susunod na Kabanata. In the wake of the end to its 14 year run, the show’s senior writer recalls for ANCX more than a decade of award-winning satire and pure fun.