The ANC Brief: Political play


Posted at Nov 13 2019 04:05 AM

Politics is in the air lately, with the President out of the picture for now. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Talking politics
President Duterte urged Sen. Manny Pacquiao to carefully consider any plans to seek the presidency. He also said he would oppose any attempt by his daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio to run for president in 2022. In the legislative front, Duterte also said he is keeping his hands off the sharing deal for speakership of the House. The President was said to have brokered the sharing deal between Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano and Rep. Lord Allan Velasco.

Talking economics
Some senators have said a lot about the certain programs of the government that impacts the country’s economy. Sen. Franklin Drilon took aim at the Duterte administration’s Build, Build, Build program, calling it a “dismal failure.” Sen. Ping Lacson said the country lost about P161.5 billion in tax revenues in 2017 from trading partners due to leakages. On the 2020 budget, Rep. LRay Villafuerte will be on ANC’s Headstart to talk about the issues surrounding the budget. Rep. Joey Salceda will be on ANC’s Early Edition to talk on the same topic. 

With Vice President Leni Roberdo involved in the war on drugs, there’s been a whole lot of mansplaining going on. Sen. Bato Dela Rosa earlier said the Vice President should toughen up. On Tuesday, he said Robredo should be at the forefront and join police operations against drugs. In any case, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said it hopes there is better observance of human rights with the involvement of Robredo.

Presidential rest
How is the President these days? The Chief Executive hied off to Davao City to rest and get some paperwork done. This after Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo first said the President was going on a 3-day leave, only to take it back saying the President would be taking care of his paperwork.

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