The ANC Brief: Haze of death


Posted at Sep 24 2019 04:00 AM

Hazing claimed the life of a cadet in the PMA, with two others in the hospital. Here are the big stories making headlines on ANC today:

When will it ever stop?
Two cadets of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) are in the hospital due to injuries that might have been inflicted through hazing. Officials of the academy have been sacked for the hazing that led to tse death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the head of the PMA should resign over Dormitorio’s death, a not so subtle hint on where Lt. Gen. Ronnie Evangelista should be going. PNP Chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde said hazing should be considered a heinous crime but that hazing is a “personal perception”. 

Way of the ninjas
The PNP said they are monitoring the movements of 22 “ninja cops” or police officers who recycle drugs. Albayalde also said the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) should have informed the PNP of “ninja cops” as a matter of “courtesy.”

Battle over the budget part 2?
Another battle over the budget is looming between the House of the Representatives and the Senate. Sen. Ping Lacson said the P100 million congressmen allocated to themselves “won’t sit well” with members of the upper House. Senate President Tito Sotto III said they would go through the budget submitted by the House with a “fine-toothed comb.” Last year, the government had to function on a reenacted budget for a period of time when the two houses of Congress bickered over the budget. This led to a slowdown of the economy.

New commander
President Duterte will be the guest of honor during the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Change of Command ceremonies at 4 p.m. in Camp Aguinaldo. The ceremonies will see the assumption of Lt. Gen. Noel Clement as the new chief of staff. Clement headed the AFP’s Central Command and before that the Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division which has its headquarters in the Davao Region, the president’s home.

Blue beauty
The non-profit organization Iloilo Freedivers and Reef Wanderers uses watersport activities to raise awareness for our coastal and marine environments. Their hope, as ANCX finds out, is for more people to appreciate the beauty of the sea, and in turn spur more action to save it.