The ANC Brief: Guanzon vs. Cardema

In one corner, a feisty Comelec commissioner. And in the other corner, a former youth commissioner who’s bid to sit in Congress was stymied by the poll body. Who will win this word war? Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Word war
The public squabble between Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon and former Duterte Youth Party-list Ronald Cardema is heating up. Guanzon called Cardema a “liar,” “namedropper,” and a “purveyor of fake news.” Over the weekend, Cardema claimed Guanzon tried to extort money and favors from him. In an interview with ANC, Guanzon asked why she would extort from someone who is poor. 

Another diplomatic protest
Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr. ordered another diplomatic protest be filed over the latest intrusion of five Chinese warships in Sibutu Strait since July. How do we know if a diplomatic protest was indeed filed? What are the contents of the protests to include those earlier filed by Locsin and the DFA? And have we gotten a response from China on these protests? 

Defender of the environment
Sympathies and condolences are pouring in after the death of former environment secretary Gina Lopez. Her ABS-CBN family, government officials, and the nation are mourning the demise of a passionate defender of Mother Earth and a champion of child’s rights. 

Let the Games begin!
Officials of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) led by the House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano will hold a 2:30 pm press conference. The event marks a sort of kick-off to the country’s hosting of this year’s Southeast Asian Games. Just a few months ago, it was reported that President Duterte no longer wanted PHISGOC to be involved in the organization of the games due to alleged questionable deals. 

An artist’s artist
As with artists ahead of their time, the larger public would wake up to the importance of Santy Bose’s art only after his passing. On the occasion of the opening of the first of a three-part retrospective at Silverlens, ANCX recalls the life of a “brat,” a generous spirit, and an artist.

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