The ANC Brief: New virus


Posted at Jan 22 2020 04:01 AM

A new virus plus a big holiday could make for a deadly mix. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

The new coronavirus is spreading rapidly across China and other parts of Asia. The alarms are up just as the New Lunar Year celebrations are approaching. The holiday is described as the largest annual human migration in the world. With the celebration comes the possibility the virus will spread to even more victims. As of this writing, there are 6 dead, with 300 recorded cases. In Cebu, a 5-year-old Chinese child is suspected to be infected. Other cases have also been reported in Kalibo town, Aklan.

Into the volcano
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said its warnings on Taal Volcano are backed by science. This is a response to Talisay town, Batangas, vice-mayor Charlie Natanauan who lambasted the agency for supposedly alarming the public with its volcanic warnings. PNP Region 4-A commander Police Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao warned he would throw Natanauan into the volcano if Talisay residents returned to their homes. Meanwhile, the Phivolcs is still wary of the volcano as the institute says it is swelling and recharging for a powerful eruption.

New records
President Duterte has a scheduled “one-on-one” with Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. This comes as the Social Weather Stations (SWS) just released the results of a new survey that showed the president reaching new records in his satisfaction ratings. Meanwhile, Panelo, acting as chief presidential legal counsel, said he would seek a review of the UP-Technohub deal with the Ayalas. The Department of Finance has also flagged an alleged “onerous” deal with petrol giant Chevron.

Stories such as the Metro Manila police officer who tested positive for shabu does not inspire much confidence in the credibility of the Duterte administration’s war on illegal drugs. In fact, Police Corp. Anthony Romano of the National Capital Region Police Office regional intelligence division, said he took shabu with other officers in various drug dens. One of these dens is located near Camp Crame, headquarters of the national police force. PNP Chief Police Gen. Archie Gamboa said personnel involved in drugs will face severe punishment.

National anthem
Hotdog’s 1976 classic “Manila” far extended its original shelf life when it became the unofficial theme song of the nation’s capital. ANCX talked to songwriter Dennis Garcia about the song that rouses every Filipino's pride when heard anywhere in the world.