The ANC Brief: Aug. 17, 2018


Posted at Aug 17 2018 04:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua converse during groundbreaking ceremonies for the two China Bridges project held in Intramuros, Manila, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/file

Here are some of the stories ANC will be covering today.

Rebuffed by a giant
China rebuffed President Duterte on his statement that China should “temper its behavior” in the South China Sea after China sent radio messages shooing away a Philippine aircraft passing the Spratlys. In a statement, China’s Foreign Ministry said the Spratly Islands are China’s inherent territory. Meanwhile, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs Randall Schriver warned the Philippines about buying Russian weapons and equipment. He also said the U.S. will be good ally to the Philippines if China tries to forcibly take Pag-asa islands. Schriver also warned the country to be wary of China.

Wanting out
The Palace said the President might fulfil his promise of stepping down from office if Bongbong Marcos wins his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte was worried about his successor and wants a qualified person. Robredo’s camp said they are confident she would win the electoral case and that she is to serve until 2020. Presidential legal counsel Sal Panelo will be guest on ANC’s Early Edition to talk about this. The President will attend a 3 p.m. Hugpong event in Davao. ANC will be ready to air his speech.

Solo traveling
There are more reactions to the ban on solo drivers on EDSA. Senate President Tito Sotto said he is open to a 4-day work week than ban solo drivers on EDSA. Koko wants to exempt senior citizens from the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) scheme on EDSA. Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento, chair of the House Committee on Transportation, said an efficient mass traffic system will solve the traffic problem.

President Rodrigo Duterte talks with Solicitor General General Jose Calida during a post-Cabinet meeting in 2016. Toto Lozano, Malacanang Photo/file

Calling out Calida
Solicitor General Jose Calida asked the Supreme Court to stop a Senate inquiry into the alleged conflict of interest involving his ownership of a security agency that bagged government contracts. ANC will try to get the reactions from Senators on this.

Economic concerns
The economic impact of federalism, inflation and concerns on TRAIN 2 are still in play in terms of the economy. The PSEi is seen to be consolidating these days. The peso had some gains due to the recent rate hike. On the corporate side, the third telco player is the big story. At 9:30 a.m., there will be a Philippine economic forum meet with the press that has as guests BSP Gov. Nestor Espenilla, DOF Assistant Secretary Tony Lambino and PCC chair Arsenio Balisacan. Also, Sen. Ping Lacson told a news forum that hundreds of billions of pork is hiding in the 2019 budget. Can he show proof? ANC will quiz him on his claim.