The ANC Brief: No country an island


Posted at Sep 23 2019 04:05 AM

The country is losing a whole lot more in its pursuit of the war on drugs. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Losing more than just lives
Members of the opposition criticized the order to reject loans and grants from countries who backed a UN resolution to prepare a report on the country’s drug war. Sen. Kiko Pangilinan and Rep. Carlos Zarate said if government has nothing to hide, why is it afraid of a probe? Rep. Edcel Lagman said it would ostracize the country from the financial aid market. Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr. said we don't get anything substantial from the countries who supported the UN resolution anyway.

High marks
Still on the war on drugs, a new Social Weather Station survey war on drugs revealed a vast majority of Filipinos are satisfied with the war on illegal drugs. This is despite accusations of abuse, extrajudicial killings and the continuation of the drug trade even at the street level.

Simple logic suggests
Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta has been getting a lot of flak online for her campaign against Dengvaxia. Netizens noted that Acosta’s campaign has led to a fear of vaccines. This in turn led to outbreaks of dengue, measles and more recently, polio, a disease wiped out in the country 19 years ago. Recently, Acosta lashed back at her critics who blamed her for the outbreak of polio. She said that “simple logic” suggest the effort to pin the blame on her was the work of “trolls.”

Hazing redux
Hazing has reared its ugly head again with another life lost, this time inside the hallowed halls of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). Even some PMA alumni are speaking up against the practice. There are laws against this. When is it ever going to stop?


Aloha Philippines
The Search for Weng Weng filmmaker Andrew Leavold shares the untold story of how our earliest films made their way to Hawaii. As he writes for ANCX, they were initially there to entertain Filipino sugar plantation workers, eventually sparking a lively, lucrative industry all their own.