Can or will President Duterte salvage the ongoing SEA Games? Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Fixing a fiasco
The private sector is stepping in to try to fix debacle that is the SEA Games. For example, a bus company has deployed some units to help ferry the athletes. The Department of Tourism (DOT) is reportedly helping with hotel accommodations. Is it too late? The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos said organizers ignored the concerns they brought to organizers regarding halal food for athletes. Cristy Ramos, a former head of the Philippine Olympic Committee, will be on Early Edition to give her views.
President Duterte has arrived from South Korea amid criticisms over the country’s hosting of the SEA Games. He is said to be “very concerned” about the welfare of the athletes. What will the president do and say about the situation?
Retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio is worried over the possible takeover of the country’s power grid. Sen. Risa Hontiveros said she wants a “national security audit” of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines which is 40 percent owned by China. Out at sea, a Chinese aerostat radar was spotted in Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef). An aerostat radar is a rapid deployment radar.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Vice President Leni Robredo didn’t make any “missteps” in her short stint at the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). One of Robredo’s defenders, Sen. Ping Lacson, will be on Headstart to talk about Robredo’s brief involvement in the war on drugs.
Elena Jurado was from Sibonga, Cebu, but fate led her to the US where her steely ambition propelled her into a career in movies. In this feature put together by Wilfredo Pascual, ANCX charts the journey of the Island Cinderella who got billed alongside Hollywood hotshots in the 1920s.