The ANC Brief: Sept. 21, 2018


Posted at Sep 21 2018 12:08 AM

The country marks another anniversary of martial law with dark clouds in the horizon. Stay tuned to ANC for these and other headlines:

File photo of martial law victims marking the birth anniversary of former president Ferdinand Marcos in front of the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City on September 11, 2018. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The struggle against forgetting

The anniversary of martial law takes on a different meaning these days with the dark specter of authoritarian rule looming in the country’s horizon. Many have said that we are in “de facto” martial law. Martial law in Mindanao, the killings related to the war on drugs, the crackdown on loiterers, the intimidation of critics and media, a disturbing impunity based on statements from the President and his officials, etc. There are many protest activities related to the anniversary of martial rule. ANC will keep you up to date on these protests.

Historical truths or revisionism?

One of the architects of martial law, Juan Ponce Enrile, sat down with the dictator’s son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in a Facebook video to give his version of martial law and the Marcos administration. A striking point Enrile made was that Marcos declared martial law because of an alleged conspiracy between the Liberal Party and the CPP. If this sounds familiar, it’s because President Duterte made the same allegations a few times already. Besides the meat of what Enrile said, it’s also when (Martial Law anniversary) he is saying these things that is important. Etta Rosales and Judy Taguiwalo will be guests on ANC’s Headstart and Early Edition, respectively, to discuss Enrile’s claims.

Moving earth

ANC will continue to follow up the landslides in Itogon and Naga City, Cebu. Aside from the death toll, ANC will be updated on the accountability for these disasters. We will also strive to bring you the personal stories of those who perished. Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan appealed to Benguet Corp. to provide temporary shelters and burial sites for the victims of the landslide. 


At 10 a.m., there will be a NEDA briefing on a “fourth industrial revolution” and updates on Typhoon Ompong. Inflation could again be discussed. ANC’s Business group will also keep tabs on the markets as PSE could test its support levels on its way down. The peso might do the same and weaken some more.