President Duterte gives Vice President Leni Robredo the boot. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Bluff and bluster
President Duterte has fired Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said Robredo wasted an opportunity to address the drug problem, which could mean she wasnt doing things the way the president and his allies wanted the job done. Robredos party-mate Sen. Francis Pangilinan said her firing was proof the war on drugs and the appointment of Robredo was all bluff and bluster.
Meant as a distraction?
Leni Robredo was just a little more than two weeks into a job she took after all the taunting from the president to take the job. It didn't help that she was regularly bullied by the president and his allies. So is anyone surprised she would get the boot? What will Robredo do now and politically, where is she headed? Or is this all just a distraction from the controversies the government is facing over the SEA Games?
The Southeast Asian Games will commence today with problems surfacing about the transport and hotel accommodations for the teams. The Palace apologized for unintended inconveniences experienced by the athletes from our ASEAN neighbors. Worse, there are reports local teams are also experiencing hassles with their accommodations. Also, the sprucing up of venues has yet to be completed. PHISGOC chair Alan Peter Cayetano said there are contingencies for venues whose renovations are still unfinished.
Duterte leaves for South Korea
President Duterte is currently in South Korea to attend the ASEAN-Republic of Korea summit. There is a possibility he would hold bilateral talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The Philippines is expected to push for visa-free entry for Filipinos to South Korea. The two sides are also expected to conclude their free trade negotiations by next year.
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