The likelihood of the term-sharing agreement for House Speaker being junked has been floated. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Talk is cheap
Word is circulating that House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano will continue his term at the helm, thereby breaking a term-sharing agreement with Lord Allan Velasco that was brokered by President Duterte. The possibility was floated after Cayetano got good numbers in a recent survey. Cayetano sought to dispel the talk by saying he would honor the agreement, but he also said the president has the last say. Between the possibilities and the denial, talk is rife and talk can be cheap.
It’s something that has been proposed and should’ve been done a long time ago. Alfegar Triambulo, director general of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Internal Affairs Service (IAS), said his agency should be separated from the police force to be able to go after rogue cops. He said other internal affairs units abroad are independent from the force and are feared by policemen who are up to no good. He also said a new internal affairs unit should have added powers such as the capability to protect witnesses. The statement comes after the PNP’s credibility took a hit following the “ninja cops” controversy involving former PNP Chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde.
Romulo Macalintal, lawyer for Vice-President Leni Robredo, said Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.'s bid to examine poll returns in three new provinces is a “fishing expedition.” Former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban will be on "Headstart" to talk about the case.
Earthquake in the South
A 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked North Cotabato Wednesday night. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has recorded a string of aftershocks. Casualties have been reported and the damage will be apparent by daybreak. ANC will give you the latest on this.
ANCX celebrates World Bread Day by visiting Tondo’s friendly neighborhood Liberty Food Mart, a 79-year-old landmark that churns out both artisanal breads and panaderia favorites. While it’s an unlikely locale, the goods — including the new sourdough — are top notch.