The ANC Brief: Trying to put her in her place

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Posted at Nov 21 2019 04:09 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo reacted to a recent rant by President Rodrigo Duterte on her role in the war on drugs. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

A bluff gone awry
Vice President Leni Robredo said that if President Rodrigo Duterte wants her out of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), he should just say so. She added she would continue her work, whether she is part of the Cabinet or not. Sen. Ping Lacson, who has been defending Robredo lately, said it’s obvious Duterte wants Robredo out. Her partymate Erin Tañada said the Duterte administration is bent on giving Robredo a hard time.

A cauldron of corruption?
President Duterte said there is no corruption in the construction of the P50-million cauldron for the SEA Games. Former President Benigno Aquino III said we could’ve built a cheaper cauldron. Also, the controversial cauldron is actually located in Pampanga but the opening ceremonies of the games will be held in Bulacan. Are there other questionable issues and deals related to the staging of the games?

Vexations over vaping
The Philippine National Police (PNP) started enforcing President Duterte’s order banning vaping in public. This, despite the fact that Malacanang has yet to issue formal written orders to justify the arrests. He also warned the judiciary, an independent branch of government, against interfering in his ban of vaping.

Twin storms in the north
Two storms are swirling around northern Luzon. Ramon has weakened but Sara strengthened. Rains are expected in the area. ANC will keep an eye out on these 2 weather systems and their possible effects.

Glass half full
For one night only, 4 top bartenders from Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are in town to inspire the local bar community—and make some killer cocktails, too. With this collaboration, ANCX wonders if Manila is ready to be the next big drinks destination.

2019 SEA Games