The Philippines is coming out of a long lockdown with concerns the numbers will spike. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Concerns and realities
The World Health Organization (WHO) said there was no rapid drop in cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines despite one of the world’s longest lockdowns and strict quarantine protocols. Also, researchers from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) said the shift to a less strict general community quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila would result in more COVID-19 cases and more deaths.
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) said unclear guidelines for the school opening in August put teachers at risk. Meanwhile, computers are selling briskly as students and parents prepare for online lessons through the “blended learning” approach. But some parents are concerned about their capability and the costs to go online.
Solicitor General Jose Calida claimed the Supreme Court had no jurisdiction over the issue of the ABS-CBN franchise. Buhay part-list Rep. Lito Atienza dismissed the issues brought up by his colleague, Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta against the network, saying the issues raised are “academic” and were already answered in previous congressional hearings.
Jumping the gun
Newly designated Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Wilkins Villanueva jumped the gun on the Palace and announced his appointment on Facebook. Former PDEA chief Aaron Aquino will be getting a new assignment, the Palace said. In any case, Villanueva said the anti-drug campaign will be “professional” and “massive.”
In between trying to run his businesses during the quarantine, Binalot president and CEO Rommel Juan went back to a hobby in his youth. Now his home is now filled with his musical collaborations with his gifted daughters every day.