Can the country’s hosting of the 2019 SEA Games get any worse? Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Singapore is the latest country to raise issues on the Games, like transportation woes and insufficient halal food. Even the Philippine women’s football team aired complaints. Their coach said their breakfast of kikiam and eggs was insufficient and not nutritious. Organizers have apologized for the logistical mess. But Reps. Alan Peter Cayetano and Mikee Romero said Sen. Franklin Drilon is partly to blame for delay in the release of the budget. Drilon said the delay in the passage of the 2019 national budget was due to insertions by the House of Representatives.
Afraid of the Veep?
What were they afraid she would find out about the war on drugs? This was the question Vice President Leni Robredo asked after she was booted out of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). She said she would issue a report on brief stint in the ICAD. But Sen. Ping Lacson warned her against this.
There is renewed interest in the 2009 Ampatuan Massacre case, which is set to be decided next month. Various civic and media groups marked the 10th anniversary of the massacre recently. State prosecutors have asked a Quezon City court to return Zaldy Ampatuan to jail. One of the main accused in the case, Ampatuan was admitted to a hospital after suffering a stroke.
Talking trade in Busan
President Rodrigo Duterte is still in Busan, South Korea and will be attending the ASEAN-Republic of Korea summit. Korea and the Philippines signed cooperation deals on education, tourism and fisheries. The 2 sides also signed an agreement on a free trade deal between the 2 countries.
The Gulfstream is the preferred mode of transportation for the likes of Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Steven Spielberg. Executive Class host David Celdran shares his first ride in this premium jet, which stirred up recollections of his early travels, and that day he "lost his innocence" up in the air.