The period for filing of candidacies is over and the Commission on Elections is set to come up with an official list of candidates. And there is a lot of drama and issues in the local races. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
The filing of certificates of candidacy is over. Comelec’s next step is to review the qualifications of all the candidates and party-lists who filed their COCs and CONAs and come up with an official list of candidates. In addition, the candidates face some legal issues. On the case of senators Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile, the Sandiganbayan said plunder convicts can still run for office. Sen. Leila De Lima told Francis Tolentino that the latter “simply lost” and that he should drop his electoral protest since he has already filed his candidacy for next year’s elections. Recall that De Lima came in 12th while Tolentino placed 13th in the last elections. Aspirant Neri Colmenares and other human rights victims during Martial Law will hold a press conference to react to Imee Marcos’ statement that accusations of human rights violations during Martial Law are merely “political.” ANC will take a closer look at the bets, their political parties and affiliations. Prof. Francisco Magno of DLSU’s Department of Political Science will be on ANC’s “Early Edition” to talk about the senatorial aspirants.
In the local races, the issue of Alan Peter Cayetano and his wife running for the first and second districts of Taguig is getting a lot of engagement online. Of course, this means that they do not live under one roof. But the issue of political dynasties running in the next elections is making a lot of people take notice, and the noise on this issue could get louder. There is also the issue of the Binay siblings in Makati and the Duterte kids in Davao. ANC’s “Headstart” will have Junjun Binay on his mayoral run against his own sister Abigail. Meanwhile, Manila City Mayor Erap Estrada took a swipe at Isko Moreno for saying it was time for the young ones to run the capital city. Estrada, Moreno and Alfredo Lim are contesting the mayoralty in the next elections.
President Duterte will be at the 44th Philippine Business Conference and Expo at the Manila Hotel 3:30 p.m. Will we hear any new efforts to fight inflation? The last time he talked about the subject, he blamed inflation on the high prices of fuel and that the Filipinos are sure to suffer during his term. That didn’t sound too comforting. ANC will be ready to air his speech live. Meanwhile, Sen. Gringo Honasan could have a lock on the position of DICT secretary. But what are his qualifications for a highly technical job as this besides being a former soldier? Recall that the President said he prefers former officers because they get the job done.
A Bureau of Customs official confirmed in a radio interview that the magnetic lifters recovered from a warehouse in Cavite in August actually contained P6.9 billion worth of shabu. Ma. Lourdes Mangaoang of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act Project Management Office (CMTA PMO) said x-ray images of the magnetic lifters showed the drugs were inside the containers. She brought the matter up to Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena but, according to Mangaoang, he did nothing. This supports the claim of the PDEA, an agency Lapena once led, that there were drugs in the lifters. Recall that Lapena told a House probe into the issue that the magnetic lifters tested negative for shabu. President Duterte himself said the PDEA’s claim was “pure speculation.” ANC will follow up this story with interviews with Mangaoang and Lapena.
ANC will continue to monitor the Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 148 as a resolution on the coup d’etat case of Sen. Antonio Trillanes just might be released. An arrest warrant will mean Trillanes could land in jail. Also, the senator is set to appear before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office to answer a subpoena over a complaint of inciting to sedition filed against him.