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Posted at Sep 13 2019 05:58 AM

The Senate hearings on the Bureau of Corrections are giving us a glimpse into the corrupt dealings inside the nation’s prisons. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Jailers detained

Three officials of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) were cited in contempt by the Senate for evading questions about alleged anomalies inside the National Bilibid Prison (NBP). During the hearing at the Senate, former Valencia City mayor Jose Galario said he gave NBP medical officer Ursicio Cenas money for a medical abstract, certification, and a prescription. Former BuCor officer in charge Rafael Ragos said prostitution, kidnap for ransom, gambling, and other money making schemes are prevalent inside the prison. He also pointed to an "unholy alliance" between prisoners and prison guards. Sen. Bong Go said he wants a “killer” to head the BuCor. The Palace said they are looking more at honesty and competence.

Wanted: Traffic expert

Looks like the word war between Sen. Grace Poe and Transportation Sec. Art Tugade has simmered down. The Palace said it might tap an expert to solve traffic and asked Poe for suggestions.

Irresponsibility

Vice President Leni Robredo said it would be “irresponsible” to set aside the country’s arbitral win against China in favor of the joint exploration deal. Sen Francis Pangilinan questioned the agreement between the military and Chinese-backed Mislatel to build facilities inside military camps on security concerns.

Full steam ahead

The Central Bank believes the economy would pick up in the second half of the year. While some economies are slowing down, the country’s growth is revving up as government spending goes full steam after the budget debacle. Central Bank Gov. Ben Diokno will be at an event in Tarlac.

Fight club

As Team Lakay opens its doors to their new center, coach Mark Sangiao remembers their early days of training at a dilapidated building with nothing but sweat soaked mats inside. Through these new facilities, the Benguet-based MMA stable shares with ANCX its hopes of competing even better on the world stage.