The ANC Brief: Brainstorming after a controversy

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Posted at Oct 16 2019 04:00 AM

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has a new leader for the meantime. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Doubts
Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa held his first command conference Tuesday and according to him, it was more of a “brainstorming” on how the organization can move on from the “ninja cops” controversy that involved former PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde. Gamboa said the PNP would have no authority to probe Albayalde administratively after he retires since the police force would no longer have any jurisdiction over the former PNP chief. Gamboa also said that some police officers are doubting Albayalde was telling the truth about allegations he was a protector of 13 Pampanga cops accused of recycling illegal drugs.

For their own safety
Speaking of the war on drugs, former Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief Benjamin Magalong said the lives of the 13 Pampanga “ninja cops” involved in the 2013 drug bust could be in peril. He said civilian agents involved in the operation were killed. Aside from one police officer, the others are still in the wild and on their own, Magalong said. He added that he hopes the police officers will “start talking” for their own safety.

'Thief and robber'
In an anti-climactic ruling, the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal has allowed the release of the initial recount on the poll protest filed by Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo. The ruling was neither to proceed with the protest nor was it a junking of the protest altogether. Robredo also retaliated against Marcos, who claimed he was robbed of the vice presidency. Robredo said she was not a “robber,” had no fake diplomas, and never dabbled in fake news. 

Site visit
Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives will make a site visit to New Clark City today to inspect sports facilities to be used in the coming Southeast Asian Games in the country. With a couple of new sports stars, gymnast Carlos Yulo and boxer Nesthy Petecio, the country has high hopes for a considerable medal haul in the coming games.

Olympic dream
The current talk of the country, Carlos Yulo made history at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart by becoming its first Filipino champion. Here are 16 facts about the teen prodigy and our latest Olympian who is making us very excited for 2020.