Allies of President Duterte wrangle over pork barrel insertions in the budget. And the country’s defense chief brands an alleged ouster plot pushed by Paolo Duterte as ‘fake news.’ Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Bickering over the budget
Deliberations on the budget has sparked infighting among allies of the President. On one side, there are the government’s economic managers and on the other the leadership of House of Representatives Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Her ally Rep. Rolando Andaya accused Cabinet officials of favoring a contractor. This comes after alleged pork insertions for congressmen came to light. Is the broad support for the president in Congress eroding? The Palace said they would let Congress review the budget. Budget and Management Sec. Ben Diokno also got a grilling in the House on the budget.
Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana is usually candid and straightforward as they come. On Tuesday, he told reporters the list of groups and individuals allegedly plotting to unseat the President that was released by presidential son Paolo Duterte online is ‘fake news.’
The House has approved the controversial draft federal charter that removed term limits and the ban on political dynasties. Concom spokesperson Ding Generoso will be on ANC’s Headstart to explain his objections to the draft.
More on martial law
In a joint session, Congress is set to tackle the further extension of martial law in Mindanao. Some senators have already expressed their skepticism.
Not sole credit
Sen. Risa Hontiveros said President Duterte can’t take sole credit for the return of the bells. In a press briefing, US Embassy in Manila spokesperson Molly Koscina said the return of the bells was a product of decades of work on both sides and not to any particular event or statement. The bells will be shown to the public today.