The ANC Brief: BuCor officials suspended


Posted at Sep 10 2019 04:00 AM

More revelations in Monday’s Senate hearing on the good conduct time allowance with the officials of the Bureau of Corrections in sharp focus. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Another grilling
Officials of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) got another grilling in the Senate Monday, with allegations of drug use and deleting of vital evidence in cellphones. The Ombudsman has suspended 27 BuCor officials and personnel but not their former head, Nicanor Faeldon, under whose watch the controversies related to the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) occurred.

On taxes
The House of Representatives passed a batch of bills that will impact local businesses and the economy. The fourth tax reform package was passed on third reading without a counterpart in the Senate. A bill lowering corporate income tax was also approved on second reading. Finally, the House passed a bill allowing more foreigners to practice their professions in the country.

Swine fever
The country’s hograising industry is in danger after it was confirmed African swine fever is now in the country. It’s not a public health risk but this could have an inflationary effect, among other things.

State visit
Singaporean President Halima Yacob is still in the country for her state visit. She has an event at 8:30 a.m. We can explore Philippine-Singapore economic ties, particularly in tourism and labor.

Different role
John Lloyd Cruz just directed his first music video, a poignant ode to the moments we ignore to the tune of Sugar Hiccup’s “Saturnine Nevermore." Speaking to ANCX, the actor explains his concept for the project, which makes use of a montage of images from his travels around Europe and the Philippines.