The ANC Brief: Improbability


Posted at Sep 17 2019 04:01 AM

The deal to set up telecom facilities in military camps is drawing criticism. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Pulling a fast one
Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana said he didn’t know about the deal between the military and the China-backed Mislatel to put up telecommunications facilities right inside military camps. It does seem highly improbable the head of the defense establishment would be in the dark about such a vital deal. Did someone pull a fast one on Lorenzana? In any case, Lorenzana said he and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperson Jr. would probe the deal. Meanwhile, Armed Forces Public Affairs chief Col. Noel Detoyato said the military can still withdraw from the deal.

Price spikes
Fuel prices spiked as the US blamed Iran for the drone strikes on Saudi-owned oil production facilities. US President Trump said they are “locked and loaded,” hinting retaliation for the attack. The world watches with bated breath.

Dagger driven deep
It was Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Director General Aaron Aquino himself who cast a dark cloud on the war on drugs when he said rogue cops are still “recycling” drugs. This means police officers take seized illegal drugs and sell them back into the streets, or use them to plant evidence in bogus drug operations. The Palace told him to submit a memo on his allegations. It’s a serious dagger driven deep into the credibility of the Duterte administration’s drug war. And the drug war is the cornerstone of the government’s priorities and was a campaign promise of the president.

End of the line
It’s end of the line for Ronald Cardema’s pursuit of a seat in the legislature. The controversial former Duterte Youth party-list nominee withdrew his nomination but not before citing the supposed “public harassment” of Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, whom he branded as “corrupt.” In response, Guanzon branded Cardema’s notice of withdrawal as “stupid.” Have we heard the last of Ronald Cardema?

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