The ANC Brief: Duterte and the water companies


Posted at Dec 10 2019 04:01 AM

The President is still railing against water concessionaires. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:

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No settlement
In a speech on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte said he wouldn’t settle for a compromise over the P7 billion awarded to Manila Water. Last week, Duterte railed against Manila Water over the supposedly onerous water deals with government. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President wants to renegotiate the contracts, but not rescind them. The House of Representatives will hold a briefing on the water deals at 1 p.m.

Power woes
Sen. Risa Hontiveros said China was in charge of the “nuts and bolts” of the country’s power infrastructure. She said officials of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) were lying about the advisory role of China’s State Grid Corp.

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Live coverage
The Supreme Court is set to decide today whether or not allow the live coverage of the release of the decision in the Maguindanao massacre case. Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta said the judge who heard the case, Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes, had not asked for extra security and had “nothing to fear.”

Probing the Games
The Philippines is still raking in medals in the 30th Southeast Asian Games and is poised to turn in probably its best finish ever. Meanwhile, the Ombudsman said it would look into how the funds for the Games were used. Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) chief Alan Peter Cayetano said he was open to any probe.

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Rock the world
Ultraelectromagneticpop!, the Eraserheads' debut album, just had a remastered release on vinyl. An initially reluctant fan recalls for ANCX the exhilarating time in history when "Ligaya" and "Pare Ko" were everyone's heartfelt anthems.