Can the Philippines keep the nCoV virus out? Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
The Department of Health (DOH) said a 60-year-old Chinese woman is the country’s third nCoV case. The woman had already returned to China. A Filipino seafarer aboard a Japanese cruise ship is confirmed to be infected. The seafarer is now in a hospital in Japan. Meanwhile, an official of the Philippine Ports Authority said the country is keeping its ports open to all countries including China despite the spread of the nCoV.
Ties that bind
U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim lauded ties between his country and the Philippines despite President Duterte’s threat to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). The Senate will hold a hearing 10 a.m. on the review of Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). This will include discussions on, the validity, implementation and implications of the termination of the VFA.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) released a statement on the controversial P300 million confidential funds. The department said the funds were used legitimately for cybersecurity.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said it detected a glow in the crater of Mt. Mayon. The discovery occurred a few weeks after the eruption of Taal volcano.
Big man on campus
A new UP Diliman chancellor was just appointed, and the UP community couldn't be happier. ANCX introduces progressive mathematics professor Fidel Nemenzo just before he takes over the reins for State U's flagship campus.