The ANC Brief: A shot in the arm


Posted at Oct 01 2019 04:04 AM

Will there be more revelations in the continuation of the Senate’s hearing on “ninja cops?” Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Senate hearing continues
The issue of the war on drugs and the so-called “ninja cops,” or police officers who recycle illegal drugs, is due to get a shot in the arm as the Senate continues its hearing on the matter at 10 a.m. today. Meanwhile, police escorts of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino were recalled, leaving the country’s top anti-drug operative vulnerable. Also, a former tanod of the barangay of drug queen Guia Castro was shot dead just before the Senate hearing. The victim is included in the government’s drug watchlist.

To Russia
The president is due to fly to Moscow for a six-day visit. He is scheduled to hold bilateral talks in Sochi, Russia with Russian President Vladimir Putin. On the table are agreements on labor, health, defense and culture.

Good defense
It’s the turn of the House of Representatives to go on the attack on the issue of pork barrel in the 2020 budget. And it seems House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano subscribes to the adage that a good offense is actually a good defense. Cayetano parried talk of pork insertions by Congress by saying he won’t respond to “gossip” on the issue of pork barrel insertions by the House. Cayetano also said the House is also “anti-pork.”

Spying glass
Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana said the Philippines stands to lose P30 billion in loans from Australia meant for the modernization of the Philippine Navy. He also downplayed threats of spying by China as a result of the agreement between a China-backed telecom and the military to build telecom facilities inside military camps.

Culinary complement
Before JP Anglo got married last year, he asked the restaurateur Joel Binamira—from which the chef has learned so much from—to be his ninong. To kick off the ANCX video series Masters & Mentors, the two talk about the benefits of skills sharing and the importance of guiding and enriching our youth.