There are new moves to amend the Constitution. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Tinkering with the law
House of Representatives’ Committee on Constitutional Amendments Chair Rep. Rufus Rodriguez defended the approval of a resolution proposing amendments to the Constitution, including term extensions. He said House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is backing their proposal and that the Senate will find the proposals to be more acceptable.
Conflict of interest
Department of Justice (DOJ) Sec. Menardo Guevarra said there was no conflict of interest in the review of water concession agreements. DOJ Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay Villar was said to be part of the review. She is married to DPWH Sec. Mark Villar, whose family owns water company Prime Water. Guevarra said they are targeting the renegotiation of the contracts before the year end.
Death toll rises
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino said the anti-drug campaign is 55% complete as death toll rises to 5,552. Aquino said about 186 local drug groups are operating in the country. He also said Vice President Leni Robredo failed to meet with ICAD clusters during her short time in the committee. Communications Sec. Martin Andanar said their documentary on the drug war will feature the case of slain teener Kian delos Santos as well as the cases of other victims of the drug war.
The Palace said President Duterte will veto any unconstitutional provision in the 2020 budget. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said the budget is “pork free.” But the Makabayan bloc is calling for transparency after they said questionable items were hidden inside lump sums.
Jamie Lim, the daughter of basketball icon Samboy Lim, came into 2019 with two goals in mind—graduating with honors from college and winning a Southeast Asian Games gold medal. Through hard work and persistence, ANCX reports, the karateka got both.