The House and the Cabinet are still trading potshots over the road users tax. And the MMDA said “carmageddon” is coming Friday. These are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Road to perdition
The conflict between the House of Representatives and the Cabinet is heating up. Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya claimed President Duterte wants the Road Board to stay and that Budget and Management Sec. Ben Diokno and Presidential Spokesperson Sal Panelo are “out of touch” with the president. He also denied approaching Diokno asking about the status of the road users tax. Diokno also said lawmakers want the fund released in time for the elections.
Mine for the taking
The Philippine Chamber of Mines said the moratorium on new mining projects should be lifted. This after the Mining Industry Coordinating Council said it will keep the ban on new mining projects. Environment Sec. Roy Cimatu will hold his yearend press conference at 10 a.m. He might just talk about this issue.
The president and his former aide Bong Go paid a visit to INC leader Eduardo Manalo on Dec. 14. Reports said the visit was to greet Manalo a happy birthday. Manalo is special envoy for overseas Filipino workers concerns. He supported Duterte in the last elections. And Go is running for a Senate seat.
Ms. Universe Catriona Gray will hold a press conference 8:30 a.m. She is also scheduled to pay a courtesy call to the president at Malacanang. ANC will be bringing you the very latest these events. There is also talk former Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson has corralled the Ms. Universe franchise. His daughter Richelle was one of the judges in Bangkok.
Reason for the season
Health Sec. Francisco Duque will be on ANC’s Headstart to talk about staying healthy during the holidays. ANC newscasts will also put some focus on stories on traffic and illegal parking. The MMDA said “carmageddon” is coming on Friday. The agency also raised penalties for illegal parking.