Will concerns about the President’s health die down as he makes a trip to Japan? These are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Deals with Japan
President Rodrigo Duterte is flying to Tokyo to participate in the 25th International Conference on “The Future of Asia.” This is his third trip to the "Land of the Rising Sun." While there, the President is expected to sign P300 billion worth of deals, reinforcing our close ties with Japan. Most of the deals will be on real estate, power and retail. ANC will be bringing you the very latest on the President’s visit.
Speaking of the President, the Palace brushed off concerns about the President’s health. But Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo admitted the President struggled to stay awake and was sleepy during the graduation rites at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). The President is a night owl, Panelo said. Concerns on the President’s health comes just as he is scheduled to travel to Japan. Every step and every word from the President during this trip is sure to be scrutinized closely.
Dividing the House
President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday that he would resign if his son Paolo puts himself in the running for House Speaker. The President also said he would be neutral in the fight for House Speaker. But Paolo claimed he didn't say he wanted to become Speaker. On ANC’s Headstart, former House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said he would give way to Paolo. Alvarez also revealed there is intense lobbying by front-runners to the post directed at the new members of the House, even hinting that money was changing hands. Will Sara Duterte, who engineered Alvarez’ ouster as House Speaker, stay neutral? Or will she work the backrooms to make sure her nemesis is denied the House Speakership?
Up in smoke
The Senate is deep in discussion on the sin tax hikes on tobacco. Civil society and health advocates are calling on the Senate to fast track the bill on these hikes, which could mean much needed funds for the universal health care program. Can senators finish their work before Congress adjourns? If the Senate fails, the bill will have to be refiled.
Isko vs Vico
Enteng Kabisote’s son and Kuya Germs’s anak-anakan just unseated once-untouchable old-timers in their respective cities. But what else do these young guns have in common apart from the show biz attachments?