The Ombudsman said their investigators were given the runaround by health officials in their probe of anomalies in the COVID-19 response. It seems the Ombudsman has had enough. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Alleged lapses in COVID-19 response
The Office of the Ombudsman said it is including Health Sec. Francisco Duque III and other health officials in its probe on alleged lapses in the Department of Health's response to COVID-19. The Palace urged the DOH to cooperate with the probe. The DOH welcomed the probe and maintained it was transparent in its COVID-19 response.
Not a 'magic pill'
Speaking of the government's COVID-19 response, Dr. Tony Leachon said he was no longer an adviser of the government's national pandemic task force. He also had something to say about how the task force is handling the situation. Meanwhile, the DOH said dexamethasone, which UK researchers found to be of help COVID-19 patients, is not a "magic pill."
In hearings on the ABS-CBN franchise on Wednesday, congressmen zeroed in on the technicalities on the return of the network to the Lopez family. Some lawmakers asked for documents that are three decades old. Former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile stressed that the company's ownership has always remained with the Lopez family. Rep. Edcel Lagman said the issue of the Lopez family's ownership of ABS-CBN is a non-issue during the hearings.
Concerns about a verdict
The US State Department voiced its voices concern on the verdict of Maria Ressa's cyber libel case. The Palace said US interference in the case is not good for relations with the Philippines. The European Union also denounced the verdict.
Head to head
Frankie Pangilinan and Ben Tulfo exchanged furious tweets on the subject of rape. The "tito" believes that women should be told what to wear while the "hija" thinks rape should be blamed on, well, rapists.