The ANC Brief: Questionable equivalence


Posted at Nov 22 2019 04:00 AM

Things are getting heated over the country’s staging of the SEA Games. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Hypocrisy and false equivalence
Alan Peter Cayetano slammed former President Benigno Aquino III and Sen. Franklin Drilon for “hypocrisy” in the issue of expenses related to the coming SEA Games. A seemingly frustrated Cayetano said that among other things, the Aquino administration spent P10 billion for the hosting of the APEC Summit in 2015. Of course, an APEC Summit isn’t quite the same as the SEA Games, all the more if we consider the controversial P50 million cauldron. Abi Valte of Aquino’s camp called Cayetano’s comparison “false equivalence.”

Condescension and “mansplaining”
The Palace also launched a broadside on the Aquino administration. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the drug menace grew with the negligence of the officials of the last administration. Also, Vice President Leni Robredo’s spokesman Ibarra Gutierrez said she has had to deal with a lot of condescension and “mansplaining” from officials and allies of the Duterte administration.

Banishing vaping
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) said it is up to courts if any arrest based on Duterte’s verbal order is to be considered legal. But in the end, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said those caught vaping in public will only be given a warning.

Reversal on rice
In his last speech, President Duterte ordered the suspension of rice importation. But Agriculture Sec. William Dar said on Thursday that the country would not be suspending rice importation. Instead, Dar said they would tighten the rules governing rice importation. 

Deep dive
The members of the Philippine Underwater Hockey Team are betting on their achievements and hours and years of training to bring home the gold in the upcoming SEAG. ANCX dropped by one of their practices to check out how grueling this sport could be.