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This is the #ANCPodcast. ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel is your gateway to the Philippines. ANC has firmly established its reputation as an accurate and unbiased source of information, and the go-to station for breaking news, wall-to-wall live news coverage and analyses with context.
 
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A number of politicians have been clearly positioning themselves for a shot at the presidency in next year’s elections though many of them understandably are still playing coy or, in the case of Duterte in 2016 milk the “reluctant candidate” strategy dry. Speaking of Duterte, the president has announced that he’s now open to running for vice presid…
 
Over the weekend, the ruling PDP-Laban unseated two of its top officials — Senator Manny Pacquiao as party president and Senator “Koko” Aquilino Pimentel III as executive vice chairman. Pacquiao’s faction did not recognize the election of new officials insisting that Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and two other PDP-Laban officials were still expelle…
 
If you are a resident of Marawi City or at least used to be to say that you are frustrated would probably be an understatement. Imagine — after four years, you still cannot return home what used to be your house still reduced to rubble. Of course, we understand that rebuilding an entire city after a five-month siege by Maute terrorists in 2017 won’…
 
Ahead of President Duterte’s last state of the nation address on July 26, many aspects of his governance have come under even closer scrutiny. A study by the Ateneo Policy Center recently focused on his administration’s legislative performance. in terms of bills passed by a congress he firmly dominates, the scorecard is “quantitatively impressive b…
 
In this podcast, Dominican Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, a molecular biologist, talks with Christian Esguerra about the Philippine government’s strategy to hit herd immunity despite limited vaccine supply—build a “wall” against COVID-19 around Metro Manila and several provinces by inoculating enough people there. But can they put up this line of defense b…
 
How much does it cost to run an election campaign here in the Philippines? To be more specific, how much would you need if you want to run, say, for president or senator in next year’s elections? On record, there are limits set by law as to how much a candidate is allowed to spend per registered voter. But in reality, the expenses shoot up well bey…
 
As of July 11, around 3.5 million filipinos have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. But don’t let the number deceive you — that’s only 4.5 percent of the target population of 77.7 million that need to be inoculated to achieve herd immunity. The Duterte administration official in charge of vaccination admitted it’s a “struggle” to meet the target b…
 
A big data analytics firm has come out with a list of politicians with the most influence on social media ahead of the 2022 elections. Topping the list were Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and Senator Manny Pacquiao. both of them, of course, are said to be gunning for the presidency. But how big a factor really is social media — especially Facebook — in a…
 
On July 10, 2020, moments after congressmen voted to reject ABS-CBN’s application for a new broadcast franchise, one congressman wanted to make the decision even clearer. Yes, congressmen, led by then Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, had indeed “killed” the franchise bill although the legislative euphemism was “laid on the table.” But even the pejorati…
 
How online sexual abuse leaves child victims scarred for life By Chiara Zambrano and Cherry Salazar In the third and final episode of ANC's podcast series on Digital Sex Crimes in Asia, listen to the insights of reporters, storytellers and journalists as they recount their experience in covering stories of child sexual exploitation and abuse. This …
 
Almost five ago, the Philippines did what many perhaps thought was unthinkable — we scored a historic legal victory over mighty China. the significance of the ruling by the permanent court of arbitration cannot be overemphasized. Yes, it didn’t settle the territorial dispute between Manila and Beijing because that’s not within its jurisdiction. But…
 
Vote buying - it’s wrong, it’s illegal, and we have strict laws against it. But it's been staple in any election cycle in the Philippines. And based on stories on the ground, and even from candidates themselves it’s only getting worse. With the price of vote increasing, election campaigns also become even more expensive. And how do you think winnin…
 
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been branded as a 'Press Freedom Predator' by international media watchdog Reporters Without Borders. Duterte joined 36 other world leaders who crack down massively on press freedom. The list includes Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, and Hong Ko…
 
Last week, a newspaper column by retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio recalled how two factions within the Aquino administration allegedly fought 'from the beginning to the end' on the arbitration case against China in 2013. One faction wanted to proceed with the case and the other did not — at least, according to Carpio. The two …
 
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao is set to fight a bigger, younger, and undefeated American welterweight next month in what could be his final bout in case he runs and wins for president in the 2022 elections. But here at home, the senator has been getting quite a beating as well in the political arena where he’s clearly nowhere near his veteran sma…
 
In May next year, we will go out and vote for our next president. The importance of this election cannot be overemphasized. We’re all reeling from the pandemic which has exposed both the weaknesses of our health care system and the incompetence of our leaders. So if we all want change, we have to start with the ballot. But how much do voters really…
 
It began with the president attacking his own party-mate at his regular public address earlier this week, Duterte threw some wild punches at Senator Manny Pacquiao, who happens to be the acting president of his own PDP-Laban party. The president was ticked off by something Pacquiao allegedly said—his government is “three times” more corrupt than pr…
 
They say that if you don’t like the way our country is being run today, go out, vote smart, and pick new leaders in 2022. This is the right thing to do but not as easy — or cute — as it sounds. Because before one can even cast his ballot, a lot of factors come into play and ultimately influence the outcome. It’s basically money — that, which provid…
 
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