The ANC Brief: Mad scramble


Posted at Feb 04 2020 04:08 AM

Face masks are becoming more scarce in stores, while government is tracking down passengers of a flight carrying infected passengers. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Hoarding and tracing
There’s a rush to trace passengers who were in the same flight as the Chinese passengers who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (nCoV). One of the passengers has died, the first death outside of China. Officials are tracing the passengers in Cebu and Dumaguete. There’s also a mad scramble for face masks and a health official called on the public to stop hoarding. Around 300 Chinese travelers are stranded in Manila after the government stopped the entry of travelers from the mainland, Hong Kong and Macau. The Senate is set to hold an 11 a.m. hearing on the country’s preparedness for virus outbreaks.

Air purifier
President Duterte appeared at the turnover ceremonies of the Philippine Navy leadership wearing a personal air purifier. Prior to his appearance, the audience was advised not touch the president. The Palace, perhaps hurting from criticisms of the handling of nCoV in the country, called for a political ceasefire. The president also led a meeting at the Palace Monday night on government’s efforts against nCoV.

Flagged by COA
Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr. quit his post and reports are saying he left over reportedly questionable cash advances worth P300 million. The cash advances were said to have been released to DICT Sec. Gringo Honasan and were reportedly flagged by the Commission on Audit (COA).

Keeping Manila Water afloat
Billionaire Enrique Razon has acquired a substantial 25 percent of troubled Manila Water after the water concessionaire came under attack by President Duterte. An analyst told ANC that the entry of Razon eases fears the company would lose its contract. Will it be enough to keep Manila Water afloat in the shifting tides of politics?

Beef brothers
Celebrity brothers-in-law Erwan Heussaff and Nico Bolzico just opened Chingolo Deli & Kitchen to offer premium Argentinian beef at wallet-friendly prices. ANCX dropped by their new Makati space to take a bite of their bueno and barato steaks.