Has the president had enough of the war on drugs? Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:
In a speech Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte said he would surrender his powers to enforce the law to Vice President Leni Robredo. He later clarified that he wants to make Robredo the anti-drugs czar so she can see for herself how hard it is to combat the illegal drug trade.
The Palace said the Philippines would push through the joint oil and gas exploration deal with China. Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario said the Hague ruling or the maritime case won by the Philippines must be included in a code of conduct for the West Philippine Sea. Former Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio said the 60-40 sharing for the deal was a “face-saving” move by China. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. declared China doesn’t need our oil.
President Duterte said he would use “extraordinary powers” to solve the water crisis, including making sure the China-backed Kaliwa Dam project pushes through. The dam is supposed to solve the water woes of Metro Manila residents. But reports said indigenous people in the area have yet to give their consent to the project.
Controversy in UP
The selection of new deans of at least 2 colleges (according to reports) has caused a stir in the UP community online and offline. In the case of the next dean of the UP College of Business Administration, UP’s Board of Regents supposedly did away with the selection process and chose a nominee who had no academic experience. Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chair Prospero De Vera, who sits on the Board of Regents, will be guest on Headstart to explain their choice.
JJ Yulo played judge for a day at a cooking contest for persons denied of liberty who were held in 2 jails. As he writes in ANCX, he learned not to judge those who are forced to stay inside in the process.