The ANC Brief: Sept. 26, 2018


Posted at Sep 26 2018 12:24 AM | Updated as of Sep 26 2018 05:25 AM

Another senator and fierce critic of President Duterte is arrested while the President himself suffers a dip in approval and trust ratings.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (center) is surrounded by journalists after posting bail at the Makati Regional Trial Court on Septbember 25, 2018. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Needing a miracle

Sen. Antonio Trillanes said he is hoping for a miracle in his fight against the “devil” as the Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 148, which hears Trillanes’ coup d’etat case, is due to release a resolution on his arrest soon. This offense is unbailable and a decision against him will mean jail time for the lawmaker.
He already skipped jail time when he posted a P200,000 bail bond before the Makati RTC Branch 150 which ordered his arrest on the bailable offense of rebellion. Also, there are reports that the AFP may move to obtain jurisdiction over the former soldier and subject him to a court martial. This will again mean the possibility of jail time for Trillanes inside Camp Aguinaldo. In the coming days, we can expect the administration bear down some more on one of its fiercest critic with every available resource it has. ANC will continue to follow the developments on Trillanes cases. We will also report on Trillanes’ legal options and reactions on his arrest, including those from international outfits like the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights and Human Rights Watch.

Economy affected

ANC’s business group will also survey the sentiments of the business sector on the Trillanes saga. An economist said the political turmoil may erode confidence in peso which sunk to a 13-year low on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Congress will tackle the budgets for the Department of Agriculture and the National Food Authority. ANC will monitor this as sparks may fly due to rising prices of food items and the rice crisis. 

Dip in ratings

A new Pulse Asia saw the approval and trust ratings of President Duterte fall 13 and 15 percentage points respectively. The Palace said it is unfazed by the dips. Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo’s numbers remain the same. Pulse Asia president Prof. Ronnie Holmes was also guest on ANC’s Beyond Politics. He said senatorial prospects identified with the Duterte administration like Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and Bureau of Corrections chief Bato Dela Rosa saw declines in their latest survey. Holmes said a factor to these declines may be issues and events during the survey period, which include the President’s order nullifying Trillanes’ amnesty and soaring inflation. Does this mean the “magic” of the President is waning with voters? Incidentally, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has a 19 percent trust rating, the lowest among national government officials. President Duterte will have a 3 p.m. event in Laguna. ANC will be ready to air his speech live.

Reliving martial law

Juan Ponce Enrile’s statements on Martial Law are still reverberating across sectors in society. FOCAP will be holding a 10 a.m. news forum on Martial Law with Etta Rosales, Nene Pimentel, and Satur Ocampo. Expect them to set the record straight regarding Enrile’s version of Martial Law.

War on drugs

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will continue its hearing on the controversial P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China at 9 a.m. Will we hear something new in the hearing? Especially something about the masterminds of the shipment? ANC will try to air the proceedings live.