The ANC Brief: July 12, 2018

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 12 2018 04:10 AM

These are stories ANC will be covering today:

Vice President Leni Robredo talks to the media during a press conference in Quezon City on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

The economy and God
The Palace said the public should respect President Duterte’s “incompetent” remark directed at Vice President. Robredo fired back saying the President should just mind the economy instead of wasting time insulting God and her. Meanwhile, their spokespersons Harry Roque and Barry Gutierrez are taking potshots at each other. At the same time, the President said sorry to God in a meeting with Bro. Eddie Villanueva, who heads a Christian group. The President’s statement was welcomed nonetheless by the Catholic Church.

Assassins abound
Another local official was shot dead on Wednesday. Vice Mayor Vice Mayor Al-Rashid Mohammad Ali of Sapa-sapa, Tawi-Tawi was ambushed. Meanwhile, a vehicle suspected to have been used by the assassins of Trece Martires Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan was recovered. Also, a suspect in the killing of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand was arrested at a checkpoint in Camarines Sur. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena described the peace and order situation of the city as “not so safe.” PNP Chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde will be at a gun show and could give a statement on the current peace and order situation.

Former Senator Aquilino Pimentel and former Chief Justice Reynato Puno lead discussions of the Consultative Committee tasked to review the Constitution. February 27, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Practical transition
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said a "no-el" (no elections) scenario is practical to speed up the shift to federalism. Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno said the country will be worse if the proposed federal charter is passed without anti-political dynasty provisions. The Consultative Committee also admitted the draft they submitted to the President had errors.

South China sad
Stratbase is holding a forum on the South China Sea arbitration victory at 8:30 a.m. with former Amb. Albert del Rosario, Vice President Leni Robredo, SC Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, and Jay Batongbacal. It’s been two years since the important victory but where are with it now? And what has happened to our claims in the area? ANC will bring this forum to you live.

Tariffs trouble
The stock market rose to the 7300 level on Wednesday but global markets looks like they are falling due to Trump’s new proposal for China tariffs. Analysts expect markets to adopt a risk-off attitude. ANC’s business group will monitor the consequences of Trump’s statement and the on-going trade war on global and local markets.