The ANC Brief: Day of decision

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 24 2020 04:54 AM

President Duterte is set to make an important announcement today. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Luzon lockdown
President Rodrigo Duterte will reveal his decision today on the Luzon lockdown. The Palace had said the decision could either be a modification or extension of the lockdown. ANC will bring you this news as it breaks. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases in the Philippines near the 7,000 mark. The Department of Health (DOH) also revealed 500 patients from the Philippines will be included in clinical trials for a cure to be spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO). And the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) appealed for more patients to donate blood plasma.

Hostile intent
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command (Wescom) said a Chinese warship readied its firing systems against a Philippine Navy ship sailing in our territory. Sen. Risa Hontiveros hit back at the Chinese embassy for demanding China pay the cost of the country’s COVID-19 response as reparations for damaging our reefs. Hontiveros said the Asian superpower is not a friendly neighbor of the Philippines.

Ramadan at home
The DOH said large prayer meetings are disallowed as Muslims observe the Ramadan starting Friday. Instead, the DOH said they are encouraging the faithful to pray in their homes.

Twin drivers
Business process outsourcing (BPO) companies and the construction industry are asking for government support in a “gradual easing” into a post-COVID Philippine economy. BPOs want government to be more aggressive in selling the Philippines to investors while the construction industry wants government to allow builders some tax deductions as the cost of adopting to physical distancing.

Learning curve
More integration with online technology and digital tools is expected to be utilized in education after the pandemic. However, some experts reveal to ANCX that the country is not widely prepared for such an evolution.