The ANC Brief: A lot of explaining to do

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 02 2019 04:00 AM

Many questions linger over the release of convicts under a new system. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Artful dodger
He has a lot of explaining to do. Pressure is building up on Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon to explain the release of convicts under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law. But Faeldon seems intent in dodging questions. The Senate sent a subpoena to Faeldon and ordered him to appear in today’s hearing on the controversy over the releases. Sen. Ping Lacson said he has a copy of the release order of former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez. Earlier, Justice Sec. Menardo Guevarra said no release order was issued in the case of Sanchez and that Faeldon denies signing any. Lacson also said the convicts in the Chiong sisters slay case have also been released. ANC will be airing the Senate hearings live.

High-stakes meeting
It was a high-stakes visit. President Duterte arrived from his latest trip to China. But what did he accomplish? Before he left, he said he would finally raise the arbitral victory of the country against China’s claims in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). But as expected, China said they were rejecting the victory but assured Duterte there would be no provocative acts in the area. Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to fast track a code of conduct (COC) for the WPS. Before he left, Duterte lamented the delays in the drafting of the COC. Already, the Palace is spinning the trip as a “success.” But was it really a success?

Farmers taking a hit
The flooding of rice imports as a result of the Rice Tariffication Law is hurting rice farmers. The law might have addressed issues of rice supply and inflation with lower prices. But rice farming is taking a huge hit. What happened to the safeguards and cash assistance for farmers? Are they getting the cash assistance and if not, why not? And are these safeguards and cash assistance enough to offset what farmers are losing?

Obsession with basketball
Gilas Pilipinas lost to Italy in a lopsided game during the FIBA World Cup. The team will have to face a better and bigger Serbian team. The loss to Italy puts focus on the country’s basketball program. Can we ever be a contender again in world basketball just like the Philippine teams of the 50s? Or is it time to focus on another sport besides basketball?

Rise up
Gio Visitacion lost his business partner and co-barista at Cebu’s The Good Cup Coffee Company last April when John Michael Hermoso was shot dead in the very coffee shop their friendship built. Four months after the gruesome murder, Gio shares to ANCX how he and his staff are picking up the pieces.