The ANC Brief: Oct. 12, 2018


Posted at Oct 12 2018 12:09 AM

Candidates are coming out of the woodwork, all ready to woo voters in the 2019 elections. Here are the stories ANC will be covering today:

President Rodrigo Duterte addresses leaders from ASEAN member countries during the ASEAN Leaders' Gathering in Bali, Indonesia on October 11, 2018. Ace Morandante, Presidential Photo

Coming out of the woodwork

Ready or not, the election season is here. The first day of the filing of certificate of candidacies has passed. Some aspirants for the Senate turned in their COCs and more are expected to come out of the woodwork. The local races look interesting, maybe more interesting than the national race for the Senate. Take the case of the two of the more prominent LGUs in Metro Manila. In Quezon City, the largest LGU in the capital, it's Joy Belmonte and Gian Sotto vs Chuck Mathay and Roderick Paulate. The Makati race is turning out to be a serious family affair as a Binay goes up against another Binay. Only patriarch Jejomar Binay can come in to settle the issue of whether Abby Binay should run for re-election or give way to sibling Junjun Binay. At 10 a.m., Tindig Pilipinas is set to hold a press conference on its initial list of senatorial aspirants. ANC will prepare to air this live. Ramon Casiple will be on ANC’s Early Edition to talk about the political alliances in time for the 2019 elections.

Controversial question

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez will be guest on ANC’s Headstart to assess the first day of COC filing. He will also discuss the controversial question in the COC form asking the candidates if they have been found liable for an offense that disqualifies them for holding public office. The question could be problematic and has been causing confusion among candidates. 

Musical chairs

It looks like the expected revamp of the Cabinet has started. Many members of the Cabinet are expected to resign to run in the 2019 elections. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo is also presidential spokesperson. So what of Harry Roque? It seems he has not resigned and was not fired. He filed a leave a few days ago. Roque has to file his COC for next year’s elections and he is scheduled to go out of the country for a conference. In the meantime, ANC will continue to report on the President’s trip to the ASEAN leaders gathering in Bali, Indonesia with good stories on the President’s speeches and activities there. In his address to ASEAN leaders on Thursday, the President touted the Philippine economy is on an “upward trajectory of growth.” This despite the problem of quickening inflation in the country.

Trillanes’ travails

The Makati RTC Branch 150 will hold a hearing on the rebellion case against Sen. Antonio Trillanes. ANC will check and follow up reports that the siblings of Branch 150 judge Elmo Alameda in Customs were promoted. Will this impact the case of Trillanes?