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The ANC Brief: Dec. 3, 2018

A political party to rule them all is shaping up. And probably the country’s most fearsome drug operative returns to his old stomping ground of Ozamiz City. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Formidable alliance

Sara Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago and the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino led by Erap and Jinggoy Estrada will be signing an oath of alliance in Manila. Duterte and her party have risen to become a formidable political force, assuming the mantle of de facto administration party. Assuming the Estradas still have that “masa” touch, an alliance between the two parties could be unstoppable in the 2019 elections and even beyond. Probably, not even the PDP-Laban, under which President Rodrigo Duterte ran in the last elections, could stop the alliance.

Fearsome drugs buster 

Controversial drugs buster Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido returns to Ozamiz City to clean up the drug network left behind by slain Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog. Meanwhile, the Senate will hold another hearing on the P6.4-billon shabu shipment that slipped through Customs.

Satur released 

Former party-list lawmaker Satur Ocampo and his companions have been released after their arrest in Davao del Norte for alleged human trafficking. Ocampo will be on ANC’s Headstart to speak about their ordeal.

Budget discussions 

Budget and Management Secretary Ben Diokno is set to meet with Senator Ping Lacson and other senators on the budget. Lacson had expressed concerns the 2019 budget contained pork.

Battle royale 

ANC will be reporting the very latest on preparations for the UAAP men’s basketball final between University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University. We will also look at how the Philippine Azkals are doing in the Suzuki Cup.