Two lawmakers may face criminal cases for violating quarantine protocols. Will this be enough to keep everyone including the rich, the poor, those in power and the average citizens, to toe the line? Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Criminal cases are being readied against Sen. Koko Pimentel for violating quarantine protocols. Grocery chain S&R confirmed Pimentel went grocery shopping on March 16 when he was already exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. The Ombudsman is also thinking about a probe of Koko’s breach of protocols. Health Sec. Francisco Duque agreed that Pimentel violated quarantine protocols.
Plague on the powerful
The Palace said high government officials must follow quarantine protocols. ACT-CIS partylist Rep. Eric Go Yap, who tested positive, could be charged by the Presidential Security Group (PSG) for failing to declare he took the test before visiting the Palace last March 21. Sen. Sonny Angara has revealed he tested positive for COVID-19. A staff of Sen. Pia Cayetano has also tested positive. Former Sen. Bongbong Marcos is under home quarantine and waiting for the results of his COVID-19 test after he arrived from Spain “unwell.”
The end of this epidemic in the Philippines seems remote still. The country now has 707 COVID-19 cases with 45 deaths. Authorities also said at least nine doctors have passed away due to the virus. The Department of Health has thumbed down a testing center in Marikina. Some of Metro Manila’s best hospitals are turning away COVID-19 patients due to the sheer volume.
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said it would remit in advance P20 billion to the national government as part of an economic stimulus package. The Treasury also announced a P30 billion treasury bond sale also for the same purpose.
Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan is an advocate for alternative and natural preventive measures, from acupuncture to VCO. The former Health Secretary shares his tips for avoiding COVID-19 to ANCX.