The ANC Brief: Oct. 19, 2018


Posted at Oct 19 2018 12:15 AM

An important court decision for Sen. Antonio Trillanes may come out today, while the controversy on the shabu shipment hidden inside magnetic lifters rages on. Here are the top stories ANC will be covering today:

Day of judgement

Today could be the day of judgement for Sen. Antonio Trillanes. As of Thursday afternoon, Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano was reportedly on the last stages of writing his decision on the government’s motion seeking the arrest of the lawmaker for the charge of coup d’etat. If the judge upholds the motion, Trillanes may be arrested and jailed as coup d’etat is not a bailable offense. To recall, the Department of Justice (DOJ) asked the court to reopen the case against Trillanes, a case that was already dismissed in 2011 after Trillanes was granted amnesty. ANC will be on top of this story and will break the news as it happens.

What he knew and when

According to Customs whistleblower Ma. Lourdes Mangaoang, the President was informed of the shabu shipment inside magnetic lifters worth P6.3 billion. She already claimed she brought images showing presence of foreign material inside the magnetic lifters to Customs chief Isidro Lapena but he did nothing. This was denied by the Customs bureau. In his speech on Thursday, the President talked about his fight against corruption. It seems the shabu shipment controversy might be the biggest test to his so-called “war” on corruption.

Rise of the Man Friday

Also on his speech on Thursday, the President also predicted that his aide Bong Go will win a seat in the Senate. This despite a lack of any experience in government, besides being at the side of the President all the time. Recall that posters and tarps of Go have been sprouting all over the country. The President also confirmed that his daughter Sara had a hand in the ouster of Pantaleon Alvarez as Speaker of the House. He also defended the decision of his children to run in the 2019 elections. At 1 p.m. he is due to open a new mall in Davao City. ANC will be prepared to air his speech during the event live.

Keeping paradise clean

With the way officials have been talking about the resurrection of Boracay island, which the President once called a cesspool, it seems the island is clean as a whistle. But will it stay that way? Pictures circulated online of trash left by visitors on the beach during the very first day of the dry run of the island's reopening. Officials will hold a 10 a.m. press conference on aspects of the island’s reopening like law enforcement, business inspection, road easement and other local ordinances. Their statements here could be a gauge on how government intends to keep the island clean.

Seeking relief

At 10 a.m., the BSP will hold a briefing to present the third quarter report on inflation. If we base this on the monthly figures released earlier, the third quarter figures should be as dismal. In fact, the economic managers are already projecting that October figures may exceed those of September due to fare hikes. But there could be a rainbow in the horizon. Economic managers also said world crude prices show signs of easing. Could this be the relief that we have been waiting for? However, NEDA Sec. Ernesto Pernia also said economic managers are rethinking the recommendation to the President to suspend next year’s increase in oil excise tax due to their forecasts of crude prices.