The ANC Brief: Oct. 15, 2018


Posted at Oct 15 2018 04:02 AM

The government moves on inflation and the dry run for Boracay’s reopening is set to commence. Here are some of the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:

File photo of a jeepney driver getting gas from a station in Quezon City on October 8, 2018. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Why not now?

The government is suspending the implementation of the second tranche of fuel excise taxes scheduled to be implemented next year in a bid to check inflation. Will it work? A good question, as asked by Senator Grace Poe, is: Why not suspend the implementation now rather than January 2019? That could be a better move to arrest inflation. The government could spin this as their immediate and timely response to address inflation. ANC will talk to economic experts and stakeholders on the effect this would have for prices, if any. Will the markets look at the move favorably?

Going after graft

The Philippine National Police's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) has exercised its controversial power to issue subpoenas as outlined in Republic Act 10973. According to reports, the CIDG has issued subpoenas to at least 37 municipalities and cities for alleged irregularities in their disbursement of public funds. Lawyer Edre Olalia had said when RA 10973 was passed in March that this law will be prone to abuse and might violate rights. Also, law dean Chel Diokno argued that it is the Ombudsman that is the designated watchdog of public funds. ANC will talk to governance experts and analysts on both the propriety of the law and the seeming infringement of the CIDG of powers already belonging to the Ombudsman.

Running for office

Candidates for national positions will continue to troop to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to file their certificate of candidacies. ANC will report on the candidates and focus on what their programs are. Also, the Comelec still has to deal with the issue of a controversial, and some say confusing, question on the COC form that asks the candidates if they have been found liable for an offense that carries a perpetual ban on public office.

Presidential speech

President Rodrigo Duterte will be at the Philippine Army's Change of Command ceremonies at 3:30 p.m. in Fort Bonifacio. ANC will be ready to air his speech. He could speak about his health, benefits for soldiers, the 2019 elections, the war on drugs and against other enemies of the state.

Day in court

Every hearing day of Sen. Antonio Trillanes before the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 could be important. He is facing his revived coup d’etat case which is an unbailable offense. An arrest warrant could be issued against him anytime and he could just as easily see the insides of a jail.

Dry run

It's the dry run of Boracay island’s reopening today. Establishments that have complied with requirements for their operation are putting the final touches before they open their doors to visitors. Tourism Secretary Berna Puyat is also on the island. ANC will be reporting on this with live reports from our ABS-CBN reporter on the island.