The ANC Brief: Oct. 16, 2018


Posted at Oct 16 2018 12:02 AM

More candidates are set to file their COCs today and the government is taking stock of the fuel excise taxes. Here are stories ANC will be covering today:

President Duterte and Bong Go at the Comelec during the latter's filing of certificate of candidacy for the 2019 elections on October 15, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Some sort of circus
It’s just the filing of certificates of candidacies but already it looks like the election season is already starting to look like the circus that it has always been. Mocha Uson filed her COC under a party list that was linked to the pork barrel scam. Special Presidential Assistant Bong Go, who earlier denied he was running, filed his COC and violated the Comelec’s rules on letting just four companions into the filing area. Was he given special treatment? What if others demand the same? It’s been confirmed that Mar Roxas will run for senator, but can he win after what happened in the last elections? In other news, President Duterte told military and police to be strictly neutral in the coming elections. Something which his former PNP chief Bato Dela Rosa didn’t do. In the last elections, Bato openly professed his admiration for the president. In a related matter, the PNP promised to keep an eye out on private armies. What can the PNP do against probably the single biggest source of electoral violence? More candidates will be trooping to the Comelec today. If you think Monday was any indication of how much this is going to be a circus, wait until the campaign.

Sibling vs sibling
Junjun Binay is set to complete his “sibling vs sibling” story arc today as he is set to file his COC for Makati City mayor. This despite an emotional appeal from sister Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay. Will this schism spell the end of the Binays in Makati or actually strengthen their hold? In Manila, former Mayor Fred Lim is set to file his candidacy for mayor. Will we see a challenge from the incumbent Erap Estrada? 

A closure from the closure
The dry run of the island’s reopening has started. Is the island healthier and better off than before? How are those who are earning a livelihood there and the residents? Can they regain their footing after the closure? Will they have closure? How will government keep the island clean?

Excising a tax
The government is suspending the implementation of the second tranche of fuel excise taxes, originally scheduled next year, to keep inflation in check. How will the government deal with the loss of revenue? Should the budget be adjusted to factor in the loss of revenue? And more importantly, will this help stem inflation? The Development Budget Coordinating Committee will hold a press conference with Budget Sec. Ben Diokno, NEDA Sec. Ernesto Pernia, DOF Sec. Sonny Dominguez, and the BSP. Dominguez once declared that the TRAIN would be the best Christmas gift to Filipinos this year. The discussion will center on possible changes to government forecasts for economic growth and inflation for the rest of the year. The DBCC reviews and approves macroeconomic targets, revenue projections and budget levels among others.