The ANC Brief: Peace with communist rebels


Posted at Dec 09 2019 04:00 AM

The peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) gets another shot in the arm courtesy of the President. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Talking peace
Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate accused National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. of trying to sabotage previous peace negotiations. Esperon has denied the accusation. Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Ma. Sison has rejected the Philippines as venue for the resumption of the talks. But the Palace said Sison would not be arrested in case the talks are held in the country, and that the venue is immaterial if both sides are sincere in talking peace.

Water is life
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said President Duterte wants the deals with water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water renegotiated and not rescinded. The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has scheduled a high-level case conference on the Kaliwa Dam project. 

Arresting a president
Former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said President Duterte may face arrest after the probe by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on extrajudicial killings in the country. The President’s mouthpiece Salvador Panelo asked: who will enforce the arrest? Meanwhile, an immigration judge in San Francisco granted asylum to a Filipino couple who are critical of the Duterte extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration. Their lawyer said the decision is an affirmation that American officials are aware of human rights violations in the country perpetrated by the government.

Against the odds
The pageant’s coronation night will be held Monday morning Manila time. Will Cebuana beauty Gazini Ganados make it back-to-back wins for the Philippines despite the odds? The only time a country scored back-to-back wins in the pageant was in 2008 and 2009 by pageant powerhouse Venezuela.

Global Pinay
Punlaan School continues to produce industry standard scholars whose careers have reached as far as London, Canada, and Dubai. In this way, ANCX finds out, it is transforming the lives of many underprivileged Filipinas.