The SEA Games are on and Filipino athletes are giving it their best. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Leading the standings
The Philippines had a good start in the 30th Southeast Asian Games with an early medal haul. The talk of the town is still Saturday’s opening ceremonies. The Palace said opening “set the bar high for future hosts.” Some reports said the lighting of the controversial cauldron was “pre-taped.” The Philippines SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) said the lighting was “real” but left the explaining to the production team of the ceremonies. Presidential Daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio also complained about the use of the song “Manila” in the ceremonies, saying it wasn’t inclusive.
Tisoy on the way
Typhoon Tisoy has maintained its strength as it is on it way to make landfall in Luzon. It is forecasted to affect Metro Manila and nearby areas where some events of the SEA Games are being held. Evacuations have already been carried out in Albay.
Going after POGOs
President Duterte said on Friday owners of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs) have 3 days to settle their tax liabilities. Otherwise, he would shoot them or turn them into quail (“gagawin ko kayong pugo”).
The future of work
The International Labor Organization is bringing together leaders of workers’ groups and trade unions from around the word to the Philippines. They are slated to discuss their work on the development agenda and economic progress. These discussions might have far-reaching effects on the nature and future of work.
Feast of nations
Chefs-in-charge Bruce Lim and Sau del Rosario are running the vast kitchen that’s feeding thousands of players and delegates at the 30th Southeast Asian Games. ANCX travels to the Athlete’s Village in New Clark City to see what they’ve got cooking.