The ANC Brief: PDEA chief backtracks


Posted at Oct 04 2019 04:00 AM

PDEA chief Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino changes his initial statements on the “ninja cops” controversy. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Under pressure
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino backtracked on his previous statements in the Senate hearing on rogue cops, and in the process, tagged the nation’s top cop PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde. Aquino said that in 2016, Albayalde asked him not to carry out a dismissal order on Pampanga police officers who served under Albayalde and who were accused of recycling illegal drugs. In a previous hearing, Aquino said Albayalde just asked him about the status of the case. Aquino is known to be no-nonsense in his role as the country’s primary enforcer against illegal drugs. He admitted he felt pressure initially. In last Tuesday’s hearing, Albayalde admitted he called Aquino but never asked for a favor. Meanwhile, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) vowed a fair probe into Albayalde’s reported link to “ninja cops”, but Interior Sec. Eduardo Ano had already issued a statement in support of Albayalde. 

September inflation
Economic managers will hold a press briefing on September inflation. Economists think the number could settle at 1.1 percent from August’s 1.7 percent. The number is around the middle of the Central Bank’s range of 0.6 to 1.4 percent.

Fresh as a daisy?
A foreign reporter covering President Duterte’s visit to Russia noted the “unkempt” appearance of the president. Reports of the meeting between Duterte and Russian Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev showed Duterte with an open shirt and a loose tie. The Palace was quick to defend the president saying the president is “very hygienic” and emits a “refreshing scent.” 

Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin denied the Supreme Court already has a vote on the poll protest of Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo. Reports said vote was 8-6 in favor of Marcos. 

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