The Senate hearings on “ninja cops” will continue today. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Senate President Tito Sotto III said we should expect another “explosive hearing” today on the issue of “ninja cops,” or law enforcers who "recycle" illegal drugs back to the streets, with new evidence and witnesses. ANC will be ready to air the proceedings live. Sotto also said a drug-free Philippines was almost impossible due to the continued existence of demand. He also called on Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde to dismiss the 13 “ninja cops,” who incidentally served under him. The Palace said the war on drugs was still credible despite the issue of “ninja cops.”
Stating the obvious
On the search for the next PNP chief, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said President Rodrigo Duterte is looking for someone who is “honest” and “not corrupt.” That’s stating the obvious. It goes without saying that the PNP chief, the head of the country’s police force tasked with stopping crime, should be an honest and honorable man. Previous to that statement, Duterte said he would make sure he would not “stumble” in his choice for the next PNP chief, without mentioning Albayalde’s name. Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. caused a stir online when in a profanity-laden tweet, he said a certain “Sermonia” was angling to take the job of PNP chief when Albayalde retires next month.
Cause for concern
The Supreme Court has deferred action anew on the poll protest filed by Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo. The delay has been a cause for concern of many, especially for Robredo’s camp and her supporters. As if on cue, the Sandiganbayan has dismissed a P1 billion civil case against the Marcoses. Nobody could’ve written the script to this better.
What transport crisis?
This was the question asked by Panelo when asked about the statement that we have a mass transport crisis. Panelo followed up his incredulous question by saying that commuters still managed to make it to their destinations, ignoring the hardships commuters go through. Panelo also said that if commuters don’t want to be late, then they should leave early.
Walk the talk
Before he was Damaso, before he toured us around the most historic places in Manila, and before he was maestro of the first Manila Biennale, Carlos Celdran was a cartoonist for the great Nonoy Marcelo. ANCX recounts his early artistic beginnings and the start of his love for the city.