The ANC Brief: Sept. 24, 2018


Posted at Sep 24 2018 04:14 AM

More historical revisionism and puzzling results in a survey on the war on crime and drugs. Here are the headlines making ANC’s newscasts today:

File photo of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and former senator Juan Ponce Enrile at the House of Representatives in Quezon City. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

War on crime and drugs

A new Social Weather Survey revealed 80 percent of Filipinos approve of the war on drugs. But the same survey said three out of five said the arrest of “tambays” violates human rights. What do these results tell us? Why is there a large approval rating of the war on drugs despite the large number of casualties, the continued proliferation of drugs and non-arrest of big-time drug personalities? ANC will get the views of the SWS, political analysts, sociologists and anti-crime advocates on the survey results.

Who is the junta?

In the second part of the Facebook interview of Bongbong Marcos with Juan Ponce Enrile, the former defense minister said he joined the EDSA People Power Revolution to stop military officers from putting up a junta. But Erin Tanada said Enrile is lying, adding that it was Enrile who was putting up the junta and got found out, which led Enrile to take a stand in EDSA. ANC will fact-check and get more reactions on Enrile’s claim. 

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV will hold a press conference at the Senate. ANC will be ready to air this live. Expect he will be asked for his reactions on the Enrile interview. Enrile and Trillanes had once argued on the floor of the Senate.

From landslide to land use

ANC will continue to provide updates on the search, rescue and retrieval operations in Itogon, Benguet and Naga City, Cebu. But what will be done in the long term to prevent similar tragedies? President Rodrigo Duterte is talking about stopping mining again, as the two locations are mining sites. Will he make good his threat? Former Tagaytay City Mayor Francis Tolentino will be guest on "Headstart." He has suggested the passage of a National Land Use law. How will that help prevent these kinds of tragedies? Will he be able to cite Tagaytay City and an example of good land use?

Hiking rates

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is set to meet this week with talk of another rate hike. And the odds are on a 50-basis-point increase to help stem the effects of rising inflation. Meanwhile, the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) ended up more than 200 points on Friday to rise above the 7300 level. But the peso is still hovering above P54. The World Bank will report on economic growth while the Department of Agriculture is set to hold a 2 p.m. press conference on updates on prices of food items. Both events might inject some energy in the markets, or cause more corrections.