The death toll in the earthquake that struck Mindanao over the weekend is rising and rescue efforts are being stymied by aftershocks. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the 24/7 delivery of assistance to victims of the recent Mindanao quake. As of this writing, 4 are dead. Meanwhile, officials have issued conflicting statements on what President Duterte was doing when the quake struck. Brig. Gen. Jose Niembra, chief of the Presidential Security Group, earlier said the president was in his bedroom and went back to sleep after the quake. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said President Duterte was getting a haircut when the tremor happened.
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo told Vice President Leni Robredo to keep her hands off the issue of the Duterte administration’s dealings with water concessionaires. The snide remark was a response to Robredo’s call for “calmer” negotiations with Maynilad and Manila Water over the water deals with government. Meanwhile, Maynilad’s parent company said banks have suspended lending money to the company to finance its capital expenditure, a move that is sure to affect the water company’s bottom line.
Speaking of Vice President Robredo, she postponed the release of her report on the drug war and called instead for immediate relief for victims of the recent quake in Mindanao. Again, Panelo blasted Roberdo, theorizing that her report might be a “nothing burger.” Panelo got called out by Robredo’s spokesperson Ibarra Gutierrez, who said Panelo had no empathy for the quake victims and was “obviously taunting” Robredo.
Sen. Franklin Drilon said moves to extend terms of congressmen through charter change are self-serving, adding that any move for charter change is doomed. Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chair of the House committee on constitutional amendments, which endorsed proposals to amend the Charter, will be guest on ANC’s Headstart to discuss their proposals. Critics have branded the committee’s move as “ninja moves” to extend their terms.
Man of steel
Henry Cavill, aka Superman, visited Manila last week to promote his latest project, the Netflix fantasy drama series The Witcher. ANCX got to talk to the British actor as well as show runner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.