The ANC Brief: World on edge


Posted at Feb 07 2020 05:12 AM

The end to the novel coronavirus doesn’t seem to be coming anytime soon. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Nice food, good facilities

The Philippines is still on edge as the world grapples with the novel coronavirus epidemic. The government said it is using the facilities in New Clark City for the quarantine of Filipinos who were evacuated from the Hubei province in China. According to officials, those quarantined will be given good food and facilities. A popular exclusive girls school in Pasig has cancelled its classes. MRT-3 trains and stations have been disinfected. There are reports some Chinese tourists managed to make it to Kalibo and Aklan despite a travel ban. An OFW died of the coronavirus in Dubai, Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello said.

Good move

Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro Locsin first said the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the US was a “good move.” But in Thursday’s congressional hearing, he said the termination would “negatively impact” the country’s defense and security posture as well as the country’s relations with the U.S. Locsin explained the Mutual Defense Treaty with the US would be like a deflated balloon without the VFA and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

Special assistant

In a recent public appearance, President Duterte teased Sen. Bong Go, his former Man Friday, for obviously wanting to run for president. Duterte said Go kept making appearances before residents who were evacuated after fires hit their homes. This was promptly denied by Go. Sounds familiar? Before the 2016 elections, Duterte denied he wanted to run for president.

Returning the collections

President Rodrigo Duterte said he might consider talking to Manila and Maynilad if the firms return money they got from supposedly “onerous” contracts. The Ayala Corp. said on Thursday ports magnate Enrique Razon is getting 51 percent voting rights in Manila Water. This comes after the corporation said on Monday that Razon had acquired 25 percent of Manila Water.

Walk this way

A network of routes in Spain that have been around since medieval times leading to the grave of Saint James the Great, the Camino is for those looking to connect to something bigger while getting fit in the process. A man in the midst of a mid-life crisis takes up the challenge, and writes about it for ANCX.