The ANC Brief: Oct. 31, 2018


Posted at Oct 31 2018 12:06 AM

Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban spun another tale of the P11-billion shabu shipment. And Sen. Richard Gordon wants the government to go after foreigners supposedly involved in the shipment. These are the stories to watch for on ANC’s newscasts:

Spinning another tale

Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban spun another story on the shabu shipment. He is now under the witness protection program despite President Duterte’s arrest order. In his Senate testimony Tuesday, he seemed to have backpedaled and washed his hands of the shabu shipment scandal. He said he did what he could to stop the shabu shipment and worked with former Sr. Supt. Eduardo Acierto to stop the drugs from coming in. Guban also essentially pointed to Acierto as being behind the shipment. Meanwhile, Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon wants the government to zero in on the Chinese suspects whose pictures he showed during the hearing. He alleged that the foreigners came to the GMA, Cavite, warehouse and took the shabu contained inside the magnetic lifters. 

Looming takeover

Presidential Spokesperson Sal Panelo said soldiers won’t hold designations at the Bureau of Customs but will be there to “intimidate corrupt personnel,” whatever that means. Some basic details on the military’s “takeover” of Customs are still missing. When will this new “deployment” start? And for how long will it run? The bureau will hold a turnover ceremony at 8 a.m. Wednesday with former AFP chief Rey Guerrero taking over from Isidro Lapena.

Duterte in CDO

The President was conspicuously missing from the groundbreaking ceremony for the rehabilitation of Marawi City on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he will be in Cagayan De Oro to distribute certificates of land ownership. ANC will be ready to air his speech.

Path of the storm 

“Rosita” has weakened and is on its way out of the country. ANC will assess the damage left in its wake, as well as the casualty count. We will have the latest on reports that three people died in Natonin, Mt. Province. But will “zero casualty” be a reality in the future? NDRRMC spokesperson Edgar Posadas will be on ANC’s “Headstart” to talk about the latest cyclone to hit the country and other programs related to disaster response.

Crop damage

Talking about Rosita, ANC will check with the Department of Agriculture for an initial assessment of crop damage and check if crop damage might be inflationary and cause another spike in prices. Also, the BSP is releasing its month-ahead inflation forecast range for October. Has inflation peaked as some economic managers have been saying or will it still quicken some more? DBM Sec. Ben Diokno will also hold his regular “Breakfast with Ben” to talk about augmenting the DSWD quick-response fund, the status of priority airport projects, and other issues related to the economy. ANC’s Business group will bring you updates on this event.