The ANC Brief: Holiday ceasefire


Posted at Dec 23 2019 04:02 AM

The government and communist rebels have agreed to a nationwide holiday ceasefire. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Christmas truce
A holiday ceasefire between the government and communist rebels is now in effect until the first week of next year. The two sides agreed to the truce as a confidence-building measure for the revival of the peace talks. Will the two sides be successful in silencing their guns this holiday season? Skirmishes have been known to happen despite ceasefires. Recently the president himself ordered the military to crush the New People’s Army (NPA) and other terrorists despite his early statement that he would restart the peace talks.

Cautionary tale
For failing to stop the Maguindanao Massacre, 14 police officers have been given jail terms. It’s a cautionary tale for law enforcers and evidence of the power political warlords have over government forces. Also, forensic expert Dr. Raquel Fortun will be on ANC’s Early Edition to talk about how the crime scene of the massacre was contaminated.

Screwing it up
Trust the government to screw up a good thing. Commuters have been dependent on motorcycle hailing service Angkas to get them through traffic quickly. But now the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has capped Angkas riders to 10,000, which means 17,000 Angkas riders could lose their livelihood. Just like the case of Uber, the government has again quashed any attempt to move more people through Metro Manila’s notorious traffic. Instead of looking at these services as the solution, government treats them more like the problem.

Christmas storm
It could be a wet Christmas for some parts of the country. Christmas storm Ursula is due to make landfall between Eastern Visayas and the Caraga region on Christmas Eve.

The man behind the capes
Gerry Alanguilan, the comic book legend that made a name for himself here and around the world, passed away yesterday at the age 51. ANCX pays tribute to the artist, a wise man who valued story above marketing, who has worked with both Marvel and DC.