The ANC Brief: Controversial cauldron


Posted at Nov 20 2019 04:00 AM

Is the P50 million cauldron for the SEA Games going to be worth it? Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Out of the cauldron and into the fire
Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) chair Alan Peter Cayetano defended the construction of the P50 million cauldron for the coming Southeast Asian Games, saying it’s cheaper than what Singapore used and it is a monument and a work of art. Rep. Joey Salceda said the “kaldero” is “Imeldific” but reasonable, which if we think about it, is a statement that seems to contain two opposing ideas. 

Bickering over the drug war
Officials of the Duterte administration, including Vice President Leni Robredo, are bickering so much it’s a wonder they are making any strides at all in the war on drugs. President Duterte clarified Vice President Leni Robredo was not given a Cabinet rank. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Robredo’s “missteps,” including meeting with foreign institutions on the war on drugs, pushed Duterte not to appoint Robredo to the Cabinet. The Palace also balked at giving her a list of high-value targets in the war on drugs. Sen. Ping Lacson said Robredo should have access to the list.

The Palace virtually rebuffed Solicitor General Jose Calida on the issue of taxing Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs). On Monday, Calida’s office said POGOs can’t be taxed. The next day, the Palace said POGOs should be slapped with taxes. Rep. Joey Salceda, an economist, said POGOs could raise around P45 billion in revenues.

Raging “Ramon”
“Ramon” has strengthened into a typhoon but slowed down as it approaches the Babuyan Islands. Many areas in northern Luzon, particularly in the Cagayan province are under storm signal number 3. ANC will continue to track the storm as it makes its way around the region.

A beautiful mind
Jia Tolentino is a writer who is more interested in the questions than the answers. And in the live Q&A at Manila House that ANCX attended last week, this was very much the case—every query and response a gateway to richer, more complex trains of thought.