The ANC Brief: An arrest and a scandal


Posted at Nov 09 2018 03:41 AM

NDF consultant Vic Ladlad will fight the arrest warrant issued against him, while Miss Earth candidates tell a tale of sexual harassment during the recent pageant in the country. These are stories making the headlines on ANC today:

No casinos

In a speech Thursday, President Rodrigo slammed his critics who blamed him for the death of human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos. He also said there was no need to issue an executive order declaring a “no casino” policy in Boracay. He also said he already offered the DICT post to Sen. Gringo Honasan. Meanwhile, ASEAN leaders will be in Singapore for the 33rd ASEAN summit starting on Sunday. The Palace will hold a pre-departure briefing on the summit to outline the country’s participation. Usual issues being discussed during the summits include regional security, maritime issues, terrorism, and trade among others

Fighting an arrest

Chel Diokno, the lawyer of NDF consultant Vic Ladlad, will file a motion for reconsideration to cancel the arrest warrant against him. According to CPP Founder Jose Ma. Sison, Ladlad was allowed by the Philippine government to join backchannel talks between the government and the communist movement. Peace talks between the two sides have been an on and off affair since President Duterte took office. Duterte and Sison have had on occasion heated exchanges over the talks. Sison will be interviewed on ANC’ Early Edition on the arrest and what it means for the testy and confounding relationship between the communists and President Duterte.

Hazing in the academy 

PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde will talk to PNPA cadets at 10 a.m. on the recent case of alleged hazing in the academy. He might also address recent rape cases involving policemen of women who offer themselves in exchange for the relatives involved in drug cases. ANC will bring you updates on the talk of the country’s top cop.

Pregnancy test

Pines City Colleges in Baguio City is due to push through with its mandatory pregnancy test for all female students despite the outcry from women groups. ANC will have reports on this from ABS-CBN reporters in the city as well as reactions from other stakeholders. The Commission on Human Rights and the Commission on Higher Education said they would look into the school’s controversial policy.

Pageant scandal

Three Miss Earth 2018 candidates said they experienced sexual harassment in the hands of a pageant sponsor during the recent pageant in the country. There are allegations the organizers did nothing about the incidents. The organizers said they have banned the lascivious sponsor from the pageant “for life.” The incidents are sure to cause a measure of global embarrassment to the Philippines, a country that is crazy about beauty pageants. ANC will talk to organizers on other possible actions they can take to make sure these things don’t happen again.