The ANC Brief: Reviewing the AFP-Mislatel deal


Posted at Sep 18 2019 04:00 AM

Another shocking revelation from President Duterte. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Much fanfare
The Senate is set to launch an inquiry into the deal between the military and China-backed telecom Mislatel to build facilities inside military camps. The deal has been under fire after critics expressed security concerns. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said the deal isn’t final yet as Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana has yet to review the deal, which was signed with much fanfare and media coverage. Information and Communications Technology Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, a former soldier, downplayed the risk of the deal on national security.

Source of income
The Justice Department said all heinous crime convicts freed on good conduct must serve their full jail terms. Retired police Gen. Benjamin Magalong said the hospital pass-for-cash racket for inmates has been a “source of income” for doctors in the National Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Ninja cops
The president revealed he ordered a hit on former Daanbatayan, Cebu Mayor Vicente Loot last year. Loot, a former police official who was named by the president as a protector of drug syndicates, survived. The president also said so-called “ninja cops” who “recycle” drugs should be killed. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director Gen. Aaron Aquino also said efforts of his agency and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to arrest the still unidentified “shabu queen” went for nothing due to the supposed intervention of “ninja cops.” But National Capital Region Police Office chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar disputed this. He said drug syndicates backed by Bilibid convicts operating behind bars are responsible for the proliferation of shabu.

After just one hearing, Sen. Risa Hontiveros said her panel is ready to submit a report on a bill outlining the “dissolution” of marriages, which is basically the divorce bill. She said divorce is “pro family and pro children.” A “dissolution of marriage” bill will radically change Filipino society. The Philippines and the Vatican City are the only two states in the world without a “divorce” law. But the bill still has a long way to go.

Nippon cool
Located at Makati Central Square, Mememenome is a Japanese vintage store that sells the best souvenir jackets in Metro Manila. ANCX talks to managing partner Renz Baluyot, a visual artist who came to acquaint himself with these arresting pieces through art shows with Japanese galleries.