A super storm is coming. But a political storm is already buffeting the country. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Destab in the back
The President is scheduled to address the country today at 3 p.m. ANC will be ready to air this live. Probable topics include the supposed destabilization plot against his government, Sen. Trillanes and the issue of amnesty, inflation, soaring prices and others. Is a real destabilization plot afoot as the President already claimed? He said in a speech that the “yellows,” Trillanes, and the communists are plotting to overthrow his government. On the other hand, Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana already denied the supposed plot, saying these are rumors that have yet to be verified. On ANC’s “Talkback” Monday night, former National Security Adviser Jose Almonte said the military will not allow itself to be used for destabilization. But he hoped the Duterte administration would not create a scenario that will encourage restiveness in the public.
The country’s balance of trade for July is coming out at 9:00 a.m. The balance of trade is the difference in the value between a country’s imports and exports for a given period. It is used to measure the relative strength of an economy. ANC will be reporting on this and keeping an eye on the reaction of the markets. On inflation and rising prices of goods, both of which have been weighing heavily on the country’s economy, the House of Representatives approved TRAIN 2 or TRABAHO bill in the 3rd and final reading. ANC’s Business group is sure to nail down the salient points of the bill. Will the bill be any good for the country? Rep. Miro Quimbo said 5 million more Pinoys are poor due to inflation and the first TRAIN. In regional markets, Asian stocks dipped on a sell-off after Donald Trump threatened to impose new tariffs on Chinese goods.
A confident-sounding Special Assistant to the President Bong Go called on Sen. Trillanes to make good his threat to start a Senate hearing on the alleged “billions of pesos” worth of projects bagged by Go’s family in Davao City. Trillanes announced he would file a Senate resolution to probe the allegations construction companies owned by Go’s father and brother-in-law managed to bag juicy deals. Go had already called the accusations “fake news.” The two have been at it in the past months. A Senate probe for someone so close to the President could unmask Go, who seems to be on campaign mode despite his denials, or lead his opponents to political ruin.
Amnesties in peril
The Supreme Court could tackle the petition for a TRO Sen. Trillanes filed on the voiding of his amnesty. ANC’s Headstart will have former AFP chief Rodolfo Biazon on issues related to the court martial. Does he think the amnesty grants to other mutineers and members of the Magdalo are also threatened? Presidential Legal Counsel Sal Panelo has said other amnesties granted by the Aquino administration could also be voided. If this happens, it could open the door for President Duterte dispensing amnesty to favored ex-mutineers like Danny Lim and Nicanor Faeldon, who now hold positions in the Duterte administration.
ANC will keep you updated on Typhoon Mangkhut as it nears Guam. We will be hearing from Pinoys in Guam for the situation in their area. Another weather system, an LPA near Batanes has turned into Tropical Depression Neneng and is dumping rains over Luzon.
- The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will continue to probe the P6.8 billion shabu shipment at 10 a.m. ANC will be airing this live. The PDEA insisted that the drugs were contained in magnetic lifters while the Bureau of Customs disputed the entry of the drugs. In between, the President earlier said there were no drugs in the shipment despite the fact that drug-sniffing dogs detected traces of the contraband.
- The occasion of 101st birthday of former President Ferdinand Marcos is symbolic these days because of the rise of his family in power. There will be a protest action at Libingan ng mga Bayani where he is buried. There will be another protest action inside UP Diliman at 2 p.m. The mood is more celebratory in Batac, Ilocos Norte where members of the Marcos family will be laying a wreath in his honor.
- At the House of Representatives, lawmakers will continue to deliberate on the consolidated complaints of impeachment against the seven Supreme Court at 9:30 a.m. The House had already found the complaints sufficient in form. Will they find the complaint sufficient in substance as well?