The ANC Brief: Sept. 12, 2018


Posted at Sep 12 2018 04:05 AM

From public address to a supposed press conference to a tete-a-tete. President Duterte’s televised sit-down one-on-one with Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo is sure to make more headlines on ANC today:


There was an initial confusion over whether the President was to hold a press conference on Tuesday, make an address to the country, or hold a tete-a-tete. In the end, the Palace went the way of the last option. The President’s one-on-one was a novel way to reach out to the public and takes advantage of the President’s free-wheeling style of speaking. But make no mistake, it was a way for the President not only to hold court but dictate the narrative and avoid coming face-to-face with the media. In the event, the President claimed anew that the Reds, his political foes, and the Magdalo were out to oust him. CPP founder Joma Sison has denied the President’s charge. Sison will be on ANC’s Early Edition to expound on this point. The President also insisted former President Benigno Aquino III erred in granting amnesty to Senator Antonio Trillanes. He also dared soldiers loyal to the Magdalo to stage a mutiny. Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano said they support the AFP and would not connive with the communists. The President also said he will replace NFA Administrator Jason Aquino. It remains to be seen though if this could pave the way for a better management of the rice supply.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes shows documents during a press conference at the Senate in Manila on September 11, 2018. Ted Aljibe, AFP/file

Should he stay or go?
The Supreme Court struck down on Tuesday Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s petition to stop the voiding of his amnesty. But he is spared from a warrantless arrest. He said he would stay in the Senate or just may go home. Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana said Trillanes won’t be arrested without a warrant, but Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the government is free to arrest Trillanes after the SC ruling. It seems anything can happen. ANC will monitor the senator’s movements. After the President’s tete-a-tete, Trillanes called President Duterte “insecure” and “obsessed” with the senator. Sen. Kiko Pangilinan will be on ANC’s Headstart to talk about the issue of amnesty. He can also talk about alleged efforts by the LP to destabilize government. 

Safe from impeachment
The House Justice Committee has declared that the impeachment case against the seven justices who voted to oust former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was insufficient in substance. This means the justices are spared from impeachment for a year. Rep. Edcel Lagman said it is now up to other parties to make the justices accountable. 

Briefly on inflation
In his one-on-one, President mentioned inflation only briefly, saying his economic team is working on bringing it down. Unfortunately, no clear plans to rein in inflation were outlined by the Chief Executive. The President also vowed to name the new telco before Christmas if one has not been named by then. Acting DICT Sec. Eliseo Rio Jr. assured the third telco will be named by December. Rep. Joey Salceda, who was part of the Arroyo administration’s economic team, and DOF Assistant Sec. Tony Lambino will be in a forum at 9:30 a.m. to discuss issues and problems related to TRAIN 2. ANC will give you updates on their statements. Sen. Kiko Pangilinan can also discuss inflation in his appearance on ANC’s Headstart. Also, ANC’s Business group will monitor the peso has it closes in on the P54 level.

Path of the storm
The country is bracing for Typhoon Mangkut which is gathering strength and is due to enter PAR by today. ANC will continue to track this weather system. We will also report on preparations being undertaken by those in its path like LGUs of areas to be affected, ABS-CBN regional units and reporters who have been deployed. PAGASA will hold an 11 a.m. press conference on the storm. ANC will air this live. Another hurricane is also threatening the US East Coast.