The ANC Brief: Sept. 25, 2018


Posted at Sep 25 2018 12:08 AM

A supposed plot to overthrow the government and challenge to a debate accepted. Here are the stories ANC will be covering today:

Military officers during rehearsals for the EDSA People Power Anniversary program on February 23, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/file

Hunting for Red October
Leaders of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are pressing their narrative of an alleged plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte by a coalition between communists and the political opposition by October. The alleged plot came to light last week when ANC veteran journalist Tina Monzon-Palma interviewed officials of the AFP led by Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez. Today, it was the turn of AFP deputy chief of staff for operations Maj. Gen. Isidro Purisima to offer information that communist rebels are allegedly reinforcing their networks. PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde also said they have been getting persistent intel info on groups seeking to bring down the government. Albayalde will be at the NCRPO anniversary 8 a.m. today in Taguig and could talk more about this to reporters covering the event. What is the basis for “Red October” and will we ever see declassified info on this? Is this is prelude or justification for martial law and put the country under authoritarian rule again? Groups like Bayan and the Movement Against Tyranny think so. Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Ma. Sison again denied there was any conspiracy. The Makabayan group in Congress will hold a press conference while the Liberal Party has an event on Tuesday morning. The two groups are likely to talk about the AFP’s assertions. LP President Sen. Kiko Pangilinan already called on government to focus on addressing rising prices rather than on destabilization plots. Also, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque will be guest on ANC’s Headstart. He also mentioned the alleged plot but said it won’t succeed due to strong public support for the president.

Challenge accepted
More reactions are pouring in on former defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile’s interview with Bongbong Marcos on martial law. Even the Palace said Enrile is entitled to his opinion but that a law and court rulings already acknowledged abuses during martial law. Former Sen. Heherson Alvarez, who was part of the opposition movement against Marcos, has accepted the Enrile’s challenge to a debate on what happened during martial law. 

Impeachment dismissed
At the House, the committee report and resolution dismissing the impeachment complaints against the seven SC associate justices who voted to oust Maria Lourdes Sereno is due to be released. There will be the usual SC press briefing on its Tuesday en banc session around lunchtime. Expect ANC to air this live.

Trade troubles
The PSEi is rising steadily, ending above the 7400 level and outperforming Asian peers. But the peso is continuing its downward spiral to end at P54.23. Will escalating US-China trade tensions weigh down on the markets? In the local front, the national budget will be tackled by the plenary in the House at 8 p.m. ANC will keep an eye on this in light of recent controversies involving budget insertions. Also, the DICT is due to hold a press briefing on the selection of a new major telco player at 11 am. ANC’s business group will bring you updates on this story.