ABS-CBN went to court on Thursday, two days after it was shutdown. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Moment of candor
The ABS-CBN network went to the Supreme Court to stop the implementation of the cease and desist order issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). The network said the NTC gravely abused its discretion when it issued the order. There is also a resolution at the Senate urging the NTC to reconsider its order. In a moment of candor, Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez said in an interview over the government TV station that it’s supposed to be the government that must explain the issue because it caused the shutdown. Palace Communications Sec. Martin Andanar complained about the unfair reporting of international media on the shutdown.
Lifting the lockdown
The government said it might lift the lockdown in certain cities in Metro Manila where there is a “steady decline” in COVID-19 cases. Interior Sec. Eduardo Ano said these cities may see a downgrade to general community quarantine status. The number of cases in the country breached 10,000, with more than 600 dead.
The Philippine economy shrank by 0.2 percent, the first time the economy contracted in more than 21 years. Bangko Sentral Gov. Benjamin Diokno said the economy could contract in the second and third quarters of the year before staging a comeback next year.
BPOs and POGOs
Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) are “very different” from business process outsourcing (BPO) companies, according to the Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP). POGOs were recently allowed to resume operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) recently said POGOs are considered BPOs.
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