The ANC Brief: Back and forth on POGOs


Posted at Aug 19 2019 04:00 AM

Officials of two countries are bickering over gambling. Here are the top stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Getting dicey
Things are getting dicey between Philippine and Chinese officials over gambling lately. Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana earlier said the Chinese workers in Philippine Offshote Gaming Operations (POGOs) hubs located near military installations could resort to spying. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua asked: “What if OFWs in China are spying too?” Lorenzana fired off a statement branding Zhao’s question as “preposterous.” He also called for the relocation of POGO hubs being constructed near military installations.

Tart tongue
After Duterte Youth party-list nominee Ronald Cardema’s tearful press conference where he accused Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon of extortion, the tart tongued commissioner fired off a response. In a tweet, Guanzon said she could be richer than Cardema. She also said Cardema’s stunt is all for publicity. The Palace told Cardema to keep President Duterte out of his squabble with Guanzon.

Rallying in the rain
The end of the unrest in Hong Kong is still a ways off. The big protest rally on Sunday drew thousands despite rains. It's the 11th straight week of protests in the city and authorities aren’t yielding an inch to protesters. We could be seeing more weekends of protests with Chinese authorities taking more strident positions on the protests. A military buildup at the border is also a cause of concern.

Missing seniors
Three senior Filipino women who went missing while traveling from the US to China en route to the Philippines arrived last night. What happened to the three women? And why did it take so long for the airline to communicate with the women’s relatives?

Hearty food
From fishballs you might call “so extra” to bibingka made from a secret heirloom recipe, here are what the locals treat themselves to in Iloilo. ANCX takes a food tour of our “City of Love.”