The ANC Brief: The President and big business


Posted at Jan 03 2020 04:04 AM

It’s a new year, and President Duterte and the Palace renewed their assault on big business with a warning. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Where his mouth is

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte will make good on his threat to file estafa charges against the heads of Manila Water and Maynilad over supposedly “onerous” water concession deals. Meanwhile, the President cancelled a trip to Davao del Sur to check on the victims of a series of quakes that hit the area last month. The Palace said Duterte was feeling under the weather, but he is due to push on with the trip today.

Foreign affairs

The government has imposed a partial ban on a new deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait following the recent death of an OFW there. Also, the Palace clarified that “balikbayans” from the US will not be affected by the plan to impose visa requirements on visitors from the US.

Political influence

New motorcycle hailing firm Joyride said it coursed an endorsement letter to Transport Sec. Art Tugade through Sen. Koko Pimentel. Is this even legal or proper? Officials of Joyride maintained that neither Sen. Bong Go or any government official is part of the company and that they never used any political influence.


Maguindanao massacre convict Anwar Ampatuan Sr. and two of his sons have filed appeals on the guilty verdict handed down to them. Another convict, Zaldy Ampatuan, wants to be transferred from his cell to the National Bilibid Prison infirmary due to health reasons.

A Christmas story

In the holiday episode of the ANCX video series Ces and the City, Gerald Anderson reflects on what he has learned from a year of tough training and tougher judgments while taking journalist Ces Drilon to a place that restores his faith in humanity.