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The ANC Brief: May 16, 2018

These are just some of the stories ANC will be covering today:

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Benham bust
President Duterte failed to fulfill his promise to sail to the Philippine Rise, reaching only as far as Casiguran Bay in Aurora. In a speech there, he said China would not allow his ouster from office. It was his assistant Bong Go and the presidential son Sebastian who rode jet skis but in the bay, not at the Rise. But the President did sign a proclamation declaring the Philippine Rise as a protected area. In the Palace today, the President will host Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neil for an official visit. ANC will bring you the latest on this visit including any statements and speeches by the President.

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Ill-gotten and forgotten
The House of Representatives voted to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG). ANC will explore the implications of the abolition of the agency tasked to recover the Marcos ill-gotten wealth with interviews of members of the House, former officials of the PCGG and human rights victims. Has the PCGG achieved what it was created to do? How much of the work is done and what more should’ve been accomplished? Worse, was this a concession to the Marcos family? Also, abolished was the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel. 

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Resign or be sacked
The President asked Justice Assistant Sec. Moslemen Macarambon Jr. and DPWH Assistant Sec. Tingagun Ampaso Umpa to resign or be fired from their positions. Macarambon said he didn’t do anything wrong and that he only asked Customs in Dec. 2017 to re-compute the taxes of his daughter. ANC will chase after the two officials to get their sides of the story.

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Collapsed bridge under murky waters
Remember that bridge in Zamboanga City that collapsed under the feet of some officials? Congress will hold a hearing on that at 1:30 a.m. in a bid to find out why the bridge located in a resettlement area collapsed. ANC will air this hearing live. The Senate will hold its own probe of issues related to resettlement and relocation projects by the government at 10 a.m. 

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Runaway TRAIN
Sen. Bam Aquino will be guest on ANC Headstart to talk about TRAIN in light of the rising inflation, the prices of fuel and other commodities. The lower House, meanwhile, will get a briefing by the BIR which will include an update on the performance of the agency, the effect of TRAIN on collection performance, and the actual implementation of TRAIN itself. Let’s see if this briefing will enlighten us on the revenue efforts of the government, or at least provide some sort of glimmer of relief.


  • The Senate will hold a necrological service for the late Senator Ed Angara at 10 a.m.
  • There will be a roundtable with a U.S. State Department Acting Principal Assistant Sec. for East Asia Patrick Murphy on U.S. priorities in Southeast Asia with emphasis on the South China Sea. 

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