The President caused another ruckus when he talked about the ambush of a former mayor. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
The Bisaya defense
The Palace sought to walk back President Rodrigo Duterte’s supposed admission that he ordered the ambush on former Daanbantayan, Cebu mayor Vicente Loot. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the president “misspoke” and attributed it to the president’s supposed poor Tagalog skills as a “Bisaya.” Meanwhile, Sen. Bong Go said the ambush statement was a joke and a “warning” at the same time, whatever that means. The president is scheduled to be in Capiz for a 3 p.m. event.
If it smells like pork…
Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda said each congressman was “assured” of P100 million in allocations in the 2020 budget. He said the allocations would be itemized and that the budget would not contain any pork barrel. President Duterte has certified the budget bill as urgent.
The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has a new chief in the person of Gerald Bantag, who has pending criminal cases for the death of 10 prisoners when he was jail warden of the Parañaque City Jail. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra gave Bantag 3 objectives: to clean up the GCTA mess; implement a full computerization program; and to stop illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison. The Senate will hold another hearing today at 10 a.m. on the GCTA mess. Today is also the last day of the president’s deadline for convicts released through the GCTA to surrender.
It’s something that’s talked about in hushed tones in Mindanao, but never proven. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said they would probe claims by Al Hajj Murad Ebrahim, interim minister of the Bangsamoro region and chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), that the military is the main source of loose firearms in the region. AFP spokesman Edgard Arevalo will be on Early Edition to talk about this issue.
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