The ANC Brief: Prison break

Our prisons system is broken and, by the looks of it, beyond repair. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Shenanigans behind bars
Fyodor Dostoevsky once wrote: “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” Judging from what we’ve heard about the shenanigans in the National Bilibid Prison (NBP), Dostoevsky could be right. Sen Ping Lacson summed it up perfectly when he said high-profile inmates control the NBP. In fact, the situation has deteriorated into “mafia-like” conditions. What does it say about our government and society?

Friendly advice
Vice President Leni Robredo advised President Duterte and his spokesman Salvador Panelo to stop issuing contradicting pronouncements on the joint oil and gas deal with China. Robredo also said Panelo should stop pretending to speak for the president and stop issuing his own interpretation of Duterte’ statements.

Royal oil
The Saudi drone attacks could impact oil prices around the world. Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the attacks will affect the Philippines “deeply.” The Department of Energy (DOE) is bracing for the impact. Worse, oil companies are due to implement a big oil price hike this week.

 
Porky tales
Those who dumped dead pigs in the Marikina River have not been caught yet. Local authorities are figuring out ways to clean the river. And more dead pigs are turning up.

Setting the bar
These are glory days for Filipino bartenders worldwide. Take a cruise or drop by a bar anywhere in the globe, and chances are the bartender is a Pinoy. What makes them so good? ANCX asks industry experts to weigh in.

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