The ANC Brief: A matter of destiny


Posted at Oct 08 2019 04:00 AM

If the PNP chief had his way, he would want us all to move on from the controversies surrounding his involvement in illegal drugs. Here are the top stories making the headlines on ANC today:

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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde said being the country’s top cop was “God-given” and a “destiny.” Addressing his critics, he said it was time to “move on” since President Rodrigo Duterte had spoken on the issues plaguing the PNP chief, specifically allegations he was involved in illegal drugs and protecting “ninja cops,” or rogue cops recycling illegal drugs. But he also said he was ready to face an investigation. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it would start probing “ninja cops.” Meanwhile, Sen. Dick Gordon said the Blue Ribbon Committee would continue hearings on “ninja cops” due to new evidence.

The president’s numbers
Speaking of President Rodrigo Duterte, a new survey by Pulse Asia showed a drop in his trust and approval ratings in the third quarter of this year. According to the survey, the president’s trust rating fell from 85 percent to 74 percent from the second quarter. His approval rating also dipped from 85 percent to 78 percent. Bayan attributed the drop to the Duterte administration’s pro-China policy and high prices. The results of the survey came out as the Senate investigated the controversies in the Bureau of Corrections and the “ninja cops.”

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Veep on the ropes
Speaking of surveys, Vice President Leni Robredo’s trust and approval ratings also took a hit. Her approval ratings dropped from 55 percent to 50 percent. Her trust ratings also fell from 52 percent to 46 percent. The numbers came out just as Robredo faces an electoral protest filed by Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Her camp urged the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to release a report on the poll protest initial recount.

Transport crisis
Going back to Bayan, the group’s leader Renato Reyes said the Philippines is "in midst of a mass transport crisis." Meanwhile, LRT-2 officials said they would implement partial operations today.

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Neighborhood eats
From Mang Rado’s tumbong to Lola Ellen’s post-drinks staple sopas sinangag, and a pulutan called abnoy, ANCX pays a visit to Mayor Isko’s hood and takes stock of its culinary favorites by way of a resident cultural heritage advocate.