The ANC Brief: Sept. 19, 2018


Posted at Sep 19 2018 12:48 AM

The government is going after mayors who are said to have gone missing during Ompong. Meanwhile, a party-list congressman is warning of some sort of dark alchemy going on in the budget deliberations in Congress. Here are the stories making ANC’s newscasts today:

Residents leave Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet on September 16, 2018 after a massive landslide buried several houses at the height of Typhoon Ompong's onslaught. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Missing mayors

The Department of the Interior and Local Government said 10 mayors in Cagayan and the Cordilleras face sanctions for negligence after they were not allegedly at their areas during Ompong. Who are they and what are the likely cases they will be facing? LGUs are supposed to be the first responders and have first responsibility during times of impending and actual disasters. These include preparations, pre-emptive evacuations, relief, recovery and rescue efforts. ANC will also continue to provide updates on the retrieval operations in the Itogon landslide site. Will we see a miracle of a survivor somehow? At the House of Representatives, the bill for the formation of a Department of Disaster Resilience has passed second reading. 

Budgetary alchemy

The House will tackle the budget at the plenary at 10 a.m. with questions still hanging over the supposed realignment of funds for congressmen which became the source of Monday’s tiff between Reps. Karlo Nograles and Rolando Andaya. The tiff sparked rumors of a supposed coup in the House leadership. ACT Rep. Antonio Tinio raised concerns on the supposed reallocated lump sums in the DPWH worth P31 billion that Tinio said had no details. Is this related to the Nograles-Andaya tiff? Where is the money going? Is this allowed? How will the funds be used? Will it be used properly and legally? Is it a form of PDAF or pork barrel? Will it actually be used in aid of re-election of the congressmen? ANC will try to answer these questions during the day.

On trial

The International People’s Tribunal in Brussels, Belgium is hearing the alleged human rights violations under the Duterte administration during the war on drugs. Sister Patricia Fox already testified, so did Sultan Hamidullah Atar of Marawi City who testified on alleged violations during the Marawi City siege. Already facing criticism for his strongman tactics and statements, the ongoing trial is sure to further erode the standing of the President and the Philippines before the world. At 9 a.m., the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will hold another hearing on the P6.4 billion shabu shipment from China. At 9 a.m. human rights groups will release a study on extrajudicial killings.

Various basic goods sell at lower prices at the Department of Trade and Industry's recently-launched Suking Outlet in Quezon City on September 18, 2018. The project aims to address the rising prices of goods due to inflation. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Inflation debate

The BSP is insisting inflation will peak in the 3rd quarter of the year amid the destruction of crops and farmlands by Ompong and taper off towards the end of the year. But other analysts are seeing an extended period of elevated inflation. Economic expert Noel De Dios urged government to address inflation now or risk slowing economic growth down the line. There will be the a breakfast forum with DBM Sec. Ben Diokno and a weekly Palace economic briefing on the modernization of PUVs. The subject of inflation and Ompong may be brought up. Meanwhile, the stock market dipped further in the 7,200 level while the peso ended a tad stronger with sentiments still weighing them down.