First the possibility of being released from prison was floated, but now officials have backpedaled on the chances Antonio Sanchez will walk out of jail. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Officials are changing their tunes on the possible release of former Calauan, Laguna town mayor Antonio Sanchez. A few days ago, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Sanchez is on the list of 11,000 inmates who could be released due to new rules on good conduct. But on Thursday, Guevarra said an inmate sentenced for a heinous crime is not eligible for release. Also, Bureau of Corrections Director General Nicanor Faeldon said Sanchez could be disqualified since the discovery of P1.5 million worth of illegal drugs in his cell in 2006 doesn’t qualify as good conduct. Also, Sen. Ronald dela Rosa, a former chief of the Bureau of Corrections, said on Wednesday that Sanchez deserves a second chance; the next day, Dela Rosa said Sanchez should have been sentenced to death.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said it filed another diplomatic protest against China. This is for the passage of Chinese warships without informing the country’s authorities. In his last speech, Duterte said he would bring up the arbitral ruling with Chinese leaders in his visit to Beijing next week whether they like it or not.
Doomed to decay
Let EDSA rot. This was the statement of a fed-up President Duterte frustrated with the traffic problem on the city’s main artery. He also took aim at a lawmaker he didn’t name who he said was supposedly impeding efforts to fix EDSA traffic, a reference to Sen. Grace Poe who chairs a committee tackling issues in transportation. In his first State of the Nation Address, the president called on Congress to grant him emergency powers to solve the traffic problem. In hearings on the granting of the powers, Poe said there needed to be a clear list of the projects to solve traffic, assurances of transparency, and a traffic czar to lead the effort. Despite allies in Congress, the President’s call to Congress 3 years ago remains a promise.
Helping the Games
Sports officials will be holding the launch of a volunteer program for the country’s staging of the Southeast Asian Games at 3 p.m. in Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. There are about 20,000 volunteers for the Games.
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