There’s another Senate hearing on good conduct time allowance (GCTA). Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
One scam to another
Here we go again. The Senate continues its probe into the good conduct and time allowance (GCTA) at 10 a.m. Sen. Ping Lacson wants to summon doctors from the National Bilibid Prison hospital on the so-called “hospital pass for sale” scam. Also, a report by ABS-CBN News revealed that, curiously, pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles’ name was in the list of convicts who were set to be released due to the GCTA.
Economic gain over arbitral ruling
President Duterte said he is willing to set aside the arbitral ruling for economic gain, referring to the Philippine-China joint oil and gas exploration deal. Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the deal won’t set aside the arbitral ruling. Meanwhile, the military and a telecoms company with links to China have inked a deal to build facilities inside military camps.
Locsin also said there is no chance for the United Nations to probe the Duterte administration’s deadly war on drugs. He explained that he would not allow the UN to come into the country to conduct its probe. Meanwhile, former Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino was ambushed on Wednesday. Duterte included Espino in the narco-list but later cleared Espino of any involvement in the drug trade.
Stale on SOGIE
Speaking of the President, he will be at a 4 p.m. event in Bataan. On Tuesday, Duterte said he would certify the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression (SOGIE) bill as urgent. But on Wednesday, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo clarified that the President would certify an anti-discrimination bill as urgent, not the SOGIE bill.
The last time a world title duel featured two Filipinos on home soil was in May 1925, when Pancho Villa went up against Clever Sencio at Wallace Field. As ANCX reports, it took 94 years for that kind of match to happen again, setting up a hotly debated call for more local rivalries.