Has the Philippines really flattened the curve? Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Fear of infection
The total confirmed cases of COVID -19 in the Philippines reached the 14,000 mark. Bayan said the backlog of some 6400 positive cases that have yet to be validated is disturbing. Meantime, a Social Weather Station survey said around 9 out of 10 people surveyed are afraid of being infected and infecting someone with COVID-19 more than any other disease.
Employees of the ABS-CBN network are planning to file a petition to intervene in the case before the Supreme Court against the NationalTelecommunications Commission. The workers cited the possibility of layoffs by August if the network doesn’t come back on air. Meanwhile, an online petition calling for the return of the network to free TV garnered a million signatures in a span of just 24 hours.
Filipino Muslims marked the celebration of Eid’l Fitr, or the end of Ramadan, inside their homes on Sunday. Just a few days ago, the anniversary of the Marawi siege came and went with many still criticizing the slow pace of city’s rehabilitation. Vice President Leni Robredo said Marawi was an “ongoing problem.”
Firepower in the high seas
The Philippine Navy’s first ever missile-capable warship the BRP Jose Rizal has arrived in the country. The acquisition of this vessel has been surrounded by controversy with many questions lingering. Will the vessel affect the balance of power in the disputed South China Sea?
Gyms and fitness studios will enforce stricter sanitation measures and protocols once they are allowed to open again. But many men still have some doubts about going back after the lockdown.