The ANC Brief: ‘Cosmetic’ progress?


Posted at Nov 15 2019 04:00 AM

The Duterte administration promised to usher in a “golden age of infrastructure.” With two and a half years left, are we anywhere near that “golden age?” Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Emergency powers
Does the President need emergency powers just to get the Build Build Build program going? Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate said Duterte should step on the emergency brakes rather than get emergency powers, noting that the president already has vast powers. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said he is not inclined to support a measure to give the President emergency powers to push the infrastructure program. Sen. Franklin Drilon said a revised list of projects was only “cosmetic” to make it appear the program is “moving along.”

Political moves
Speaking of Cayetano, reports said the House of Representative will put to a vote the term-sharing agreement between him and Rep. Lord Allan Velasco. Cayetano said it's a matter of procedure. But on whether he gets to stay on as House Speaker, Cayetano said “anything can still happen.” Expect both sides to launch political moves to improve their position.

Looking to China
Vice President Leni Roberdo said she will reach out to the Chinese government to curb the drug trade. She said most of the drugs entering the country come from China. Duterte alleged that the big drug lords can be found in China. 

ANC will be tracking Ramon as the weather system closes in on Cagayan. Now a tropical storm, Ramon will cross northern Luzon over the weekend after dumping rains in the Bicol region.

Box office king
Danny Zialcita was famous for his glamorous films full of beautiful women, philandering men, and the dagger-sharp dialogue that come between them. Writing for ANCX, Isidra Reyes recalls the life, loves, and last days of one of Philippine cinema’s few blockbuster directors.