The ANC Brief: Playing politics in the war on drugs


Posted at Nov 18 2019 04:02 AM

Is Vice President Leni Robredo overextending her duties in the drug war or is the Duterte government ganging up on her? Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Presidential leakage
The Palace warned President Duterte can remove Vice President Leni Robredo from an inter-agency anti-drugs task force if she leaks government secrets on the war on drugs to foreign entities. In the past, it was the President himself who read out names of officials involved in illegal drugs, due process be damned. Robredo said knowing data on high value targets is essential to her mandate. Sen. Ping Lacson said the Palace should clarify Leni’s role in the war on drugs.

“Green” of health
It seems the Palace isn’t inclined to giving Robredo any quarters. It rejected an assessment of a London-based think tank which said more investors would come to the country if Robredo replaces Duterte due to health concerns. Presidential mouthpiece Salvador Panelo said that is “wishful thinking.” He said Duterte in the “green of health,” which is a misuse of an idiom and one that does not exist in the English language. Duterte himself admitted to suffering illnesses related to old age.

Defense forum
Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana is expected to attend a defense forum in Bangkok, Thailand. Among issues on the table are terrorism, maritime disputes and issues related to the Korean peninsula. ANC will monitor stories coming out of the event.

Closing in
ANC will continue to track Tropical Storm Ramon as it closes in on northern Luzon, specifically the province of Cagayan. It is expected to weaken into a tropical depression when it hits land but might dump heavy rains. Meanwhile, PAGASA is tracking a new low-pressure area that is approaching the country’s area of responsibility.

Wizard of Clark
At only 45, Vince Dizon is already in charge of some of the largest billion and trillion-peso infra projects in the country. ANCX meets with the face of the government’s Build Build Build program and talks about both believers and critics.