Still no love lost between Rep. Rolando Andaya and Budget and Management Sec. Ben Diokno. And the president with still no love lost for religion. Here are the stories ANC will be covering today:
Dispute over disbursements
Leaders in the House of Representatives press the attack on Budget and Management Sec. Ben Diokno. Majority Leader Rolando Andaya said Diokno planned to give P60 billion of the road users' tax to allies of the Duterte administration. According to Presidential Spokesperson Sal Panelo, the president still trusts Diokno. Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman and other opposition lawmakers think there is something more to the current dispute over disbursements. Could this conflict, as the opposition lawmakers said, be an indication of the growing rift between House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and President Duterte?
Going to SC again
Opposition solons said they would challenge martial law in Mindanao before the Supreme Court again. Meanwhile, the PNP is on heightened alert as communist rebels threaten to launch tactical offensives.
Losing his religion
He still has no love lost for religion. In his speech on Thursday, the president defended his “kill bishop” remark. Last week, the president said it would be better to kill off useless bishops. Panelo already said the statement was a hyperbole and only for dramatic effect. He also said he would skip mass during the return of the Balangiga bells this weekend.
For whom the bells toll?
Speaking of the Balangiga bells, Sen. Migs Zubiri appealed to the clergy of Samar to lend a bell to the National Museum. The diocese of Borongan rejected the idea. Today, the bells will be loaded on a cargo plane and brought to Guian, Eastern Samar at 6 a.m. From Guian, they will be taken to Balangiga by land.
“Disaster for democracy”
Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno said the House draft of a federal charter is a “disaster for democracy” in the country. He added that the draft did not create a federal government. Constitutionalist Christian Monsod will be on “Early Edition” to talk about the draft some more.