The ANC Brief: Verdict on Maria Ressa

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Posted at Jun 15 2020 05:01 AM | Updated as of Jun 15 2020 07:56 AM

Today, a Manila court will hand down its decision on the cyberlibel case against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and others. Here are the stories making the headlibes on ANC today:

Weaponizing the law
Maria Ressa said she is ready for the verdict on the cyberlibel case. Advocates of the press said the case is an attack on press freedom. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) called on the Duterte administration to stop weaponizing the law against a critical press. Stay tuned to ANC to get the latest information on this.

Fixing the roof
Sen. Ping Lacson swore he would be vigilant against abuses of the controversial Anti-Terror Bill. As one netizen pointed out, you don't repair the roof when its already raining. Sen. Ronald dela Rosa also said those calling for the junking of the bill shouldn't blame government if terrorism happens in the country.

For the sake of the economy
President Duterte might decide today June 15 whether Metro Manila will stay at general community quarantine (GCQ) or revert to modified enhanced community quarantine. Interior Sec. Eduardo Ano said Metro Manila is likely to stay at GCQ. Meanwhile, presidential adviser Joey Concepcion said he is for keeping the economy open for the sake of jobs and livelihoods.

"Hija"
Commentator Ben Tulfo got burned by Frankie Pangilinan, daugther of Sen. Kiko Pangilinan and megastar Sharon Cuneta. Frankie condemned a Facebook post of the Lucban local police calling on women to stop dressing provocatively to avoid getting raped. Tulfo said sexy dresses "invite the beast." Women's group Gabriela said the lockdown is a cause of recent sexual assault incidents.

Home bar
With quarantine measures and liquor bans in place, many had to work through their wine and liquor stashes. Gail Sotelo shared the drinks that got her through the lockdown with ANCX.