The ANC Brief: Furious rant


Posted at Apr 03 2020 05:00 AM

In a public appearance Wednesday night, President Duterte issued a threat to the Left. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Political distractions
After Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto, an administration officialis training his guns at Vice President Leni Robredo. Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Manuelito Luna called for an investigation on the vice president for supposedly competing with government’s efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Robredo’s camp called statement “ridiculous and inappropriate.” Another PACC commissioner Greco Belgica disowned the statement, saying it was Luna’s personal opinion. Interior Sec. Eduardo Ano said there didn’t seem to be anything wrong with what Robredo is doing.

In defense of Vico
Celebrities came out in full force on social media to defend Sotto from a summons by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to explain alleged violations of the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act. Meanwhile, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) spokesman Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the NBI’s summons was a “useless political distraction.” Sotto said he is focused on his work.

Turkey shoot
“Shoot them dead.” This was the grim warning issued by President Duterte Wednesday night against those who sow chaos at this time. The statement came on the day some residents of a poor area, supposedly organized by a leftist group, rallied to call for aid. Some of those who joined the action were arrested by police. In any case, the president was promptly slammed for his statement by minority senators, human rights groups and other lawmakers. Amnesty International urged the Chief Executive to walk back the remark.

COVID casualties
The Department of Health (DOH) said the number of people who died due to the coronavirus has surpassed the 100-mark with 2,633 confirmed cases in the country. The government has yet to announce its decision on the Luzon lockdown. But a scientist said it would take 2-3 months to “flatten the curve” in the country. The Palace also said martial law was not an option at this time.

Fashion protection
Renowned Filipina milliner Mich Dulce recently led a team to design medical grade suits for COVID-19 frontliners. ANCX talks to the designer, who is currently in London.