The number of coronavirus cases in the country has breached the 200 level. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Checking their privilege
The total number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines is now at 202 while deaths are at 17. According to the Department of Health (DOH), the number of cases could reach 75,000 in 3 months. Meanwhile, the Palace released a list of “do’s and don’ts on the enhanced quarantine. Also, the breakdown of the P27.1 billion “war chest” or the government’s spending plan to fight the coronavirus has been released. Many are questioning why the bulk, or P14 billion, has been allocated to the tourism industry. Government officials are also being criticized for getting tested first despite shortage of coronavirus test kits.
Too little or nothing at all
Some Metro Manila mayors are getting plaudits for how they are leading their constituents amid the spread of the virus. These include Vico Sotto of Marikina, Marcy Teodoro of Marikina, and Kit Nieto of Cainta. There are also mayors who are being criticized for seemingly doing too little or nothing at all. Meanwhile, Quezon City Joy Belmonte said 400,000 families or around 2 million people are affected by the “extreme enhanced quarantine” imposed on some barangays in Quezon City.
Better on two wheels
Finally, health workers at the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus are getting free rides courtesy of some quarters, including the Office of the Vice President. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has released the routes for free rides for medical workers. Some groups asking for bicycles for the front liners. The military is also giving free rides to commuters.
Private sector steps up
Some banks gave some leeway on loans and credit card bills of their clients. Malls gave their tenants a break from rentals. Water and power firms extended the dues of their customers extensions. The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) announced a one-month relief for their members’ dues.
Fighting former nanny
Jomary Torres grew up wanting to become a basketball pro but found her true calling in Mixed Martial Arts. ANCX talks to the fierce fighter from Zamboanga del Norte, who was once a nanny, about the challenges she went through to get to the ONE Championship ring.