The ANC Brief: Is Leni being set up to fail?


Posted at Nov 07 2019 04:00 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo has new responsibilities in the Duterte administration. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Square peg, round hole?
Vice President Leni Robredo has accepted the position of co-chair of a committee on the war on drugs with a Cabinet rank. In a press conference Wednesday, Robredo said she is ready for the challenge. But, she asked, are they ready for her? Her spokesman said the position’s powers are still unclear. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Robredo should talk to President Duterte to know her powers. Will she do any good for a drug war that has left thousands dead in its wake? Or will she be a square peg in a round hole? And is she being set up to fail?

Reversal of policy
The Department of Foreign Affairs said it will lodge a protest against China for firing flares at Philippine military aircraft flying over the West Philippine Sea only after “verification” of the incident. Meanwhile, the immigration bureau said it would resume stamping passports of visiting Chinese nationals even if the document is printed with a map showing China’s nine-dash line. The Hague ruling won by the Philippines invalidated this doctrine which claims 85 percent of the South China Sea. The Aquino administration protested the nine-dash line claim and opted to place Philippine visas on a separate document.

Nearly his retirement
The National Police Commission (Napolcom) said former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde won’t be facing administrative charges over the anomalous 2013 drug raid in Pampanga. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Justice Department were given one month from Oct. 7 to investigate the 2013 raid. That deadline lapses today. Sen. Gordon, who led the Senate hearings on the so-called “ninja cops” controversy, presented a report of the hearings that recommended that Albayalde face administrative raps before he retires on Nov 8.

Potential embarrassment
Issues related to the information technology (IT) infrastructure for the coming Southeast Asian Games are threatening to hamper the country’s hosting of the games. Without the software and hardware to run systems like scoring and timing, the Philippines’ hosting of the event could be an embarrassment and a joke.

Bad blood
Joshua Pacio and Rene Catalan will clash in ONE: Masters of Fate, marking only the second time two Filipinos fought for a world title in the promotion. As ANCX dissects both fighters, we learn that the bout goes beyond the strap and the money; it's about pride and history.