The ANC Brief: Second wave?


Posted at May 19 2020 05:00 AM

After quarantine measures were relaxed, will we see a second wave of COVID-19 infections? Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

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No plan?
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the government is leaving it to the private sector to test employees due to lack of government funds. To some, it means that after all this time and after all the money spent, the government never had a plan for mass testing. And that quarantine measures which are weighing down on the economy, have all been for nothing. Meanwhile, senators want a probe on “grossly overpriced” health supplies.

Major thoroughfares are filled with cars and people are flocking to malls. Joint Task Force COVID Shield, which is enforcing the lockdown, said the easing of quarantine measures was more for the economy than “leisure.” Will we see a spike in the cases of COVID-19?

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Debates reopened
The bill giving a provisional broadcast franchise to the ABS-CBN network has been recalled from the second reading, giving the opportunity for members of the House of Representatives to further debate the measure. Some congressmen are asking: why not just tackle the actual 25-year franchise?

Not the right time
Some lawmakers have spoken out against moves to continue charter change amid the pandemic. They said it’s not the right time. Interior Sec. Eduardo Ano denied his department is pursuing Cha-cha. He also called the story on the signature drive for Cha-cha as “fake news.” The Inquirer said it is standing by its story.

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Meme Queen
Kim Chiu’s May 8 “Bawal Lumabas” soliloquy became a viral sensation, appearing in countless memes and tiktoks. But despite being feasted on by trolls for her seemingly rambling quote, one communications scholar opines in ANCX that it has actually raised the actress’ celebrity capital.