The ANC Brief: Brutal and fatal training methods


Posted at Sep 25 2019 04:00 AM | Updated as of Sep 25 2019 04:08 AM

The military revealed another cadet is in the hospital in a case of suspected hazing. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Outdated and outlawed
The superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), Lt. Gen. Ronnie Evangelista, quit his post amid the hazing controversy in the academy. Another cadet is in the hospital, along with two batchmates of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio, who died due to injuries sustained from suspected hazing. Four cadets have been relieved and two were suspended. The military leadership said there would be no whitewash in the probe. Meanwhile, Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa, another product of the academy, said hazing was likely meant to “train warriors” despite the fact that its outdated and outlawed.

Executive session
The Senate has approved the release of the contents of an executive session with former CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong on “ninja cops,” or policemen who recycle illegal drugs. Will we finally know who these unscrupulous law enforcers are and will they ever land in jail? Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino will be guest on ANC’s Headstart to shed more light into the issue.

Absent for an assumption
President Duterte was not present on the assumption of a new Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff. It’s rare for a president to miss the AFP change of command. Meanwhile, the Defense Department said it would seek an exemption to the president’s order to shun grants and aid from countries who supported a UN resolution on the country’s war on drugs. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte would assess position of the department.

Sen. Ping Lacson said a plan to give House deputy speakers P1.5 billion each did not push through. He said this a day after he himself revealed the largesse. Lacson clarified the plan was cancelled even before he revealed it to the media. Will this mean the bickering over next year’s budget is over? Or has it just begun?

Delicious beginnings
Everyone’s talking about Amado Fores’s first resto, his childhood dream come true. ANCX pays a visit to a mano—yes, all lower case—a new Italian restaurant in town, with stylishly mod interiors, a red hot Valoriani pizza oven, and a hardworking pasta maker up front.