The ANC Brief: Intelligence funds


Posted at Aug 28 2019 04:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte is off to China today on the fifth trip to the country in his term. The trip comes as questions hang over our relations with China, especially regarding the tensions in the West Philippine Sea. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:

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Is more usually good?
The Palace said the Office of the President (OP) needs an increase in its budget to secure the country from local and international threats. The Duterte administration is asking for P8.2 billion for next year, P1.5 billion more than the OP’s budget this year. It allotted P4.5 billion in confidential and intelligence expenses, almost twice the amount for last year and this year. Shouldn’t the military and police intelligence community, whose actual job is to go after domestic and international threats, benefit more from the intelligence budget? Is a bigger budget good or are we just throwing away good taxpayers' money?

Land reform
The Duterte administration is set to distribute the remaining portions of the Hacienda Luisita of the Aquino family. As proven by other countries, an effective land reform program has been the key to progress. But in the case of Hacienda Luisita, is plainly politics rearing its ugly head?

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Crossing Luzon
By Wednesday morning, tropical storm Jenny has crossed the Luzon island after making landfall somewhere in Aurora province. ANC will give you updates on the effects and damage brought about by this weather system.

No homework
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said she supports a bill that prohibits homework for students during weekends. If passed, such a bill would have profound effects on our educational system, and ease the load of students and parents as well. Some schools are already implementing this. So does it have to be legislated and does it make for better students?

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Old school cool
The youth dressing up like their dads isn't a style trend that many of us saw coming. And yet these days, millennials and Gen Zers are sporting Magnum P.I. shirts, New Balance sneaks and formerly laughable fanny packs. ANCX hashes out this urge to dress like retirees.