COVID-19 is still spreading but it seems people are getting tired of lockdowns. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:
New and dangerous
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines has breached 30,000. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the pandemic is in a new dangerous phase as lockdowns ease despite the continued spread of the disease.
Some routes only
Modern jeepneys and buses have been allowed to ply some routes in the National Capital Region (NCR) starting today. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said traditional jeepneys, UV Express and motorcycle taxis might be allowed after a month.
Megastar Sharon Cuneta has been on the warpath over the weekend against a netizen who threatened her daughter Frankie. She has reached out to the Department of Justice to track down the offender. Meanwhile, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has concluded its probe into Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson for spreading fake news. They are evaluating whether to file charges against Uson or close the probe.
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said no funds from the Wirecard controversy made it to the Philippines. Controversy hit Wirecard, a German payments provider, when it was reported that it was missing $2.1 billion. Bangko Sentral Pilipinas Gov. Benjamin Diokno also said no local bank lost any money. Reports earlier said two local banks, BDO and BPI, hosted accounts containing the money. But a BSP investigation showed the information was false. The two banks had denied holding the Wirecard funds.
Cheers to the future
The Spirit Library's Lee Watson firmly believes that bars will come back once the world takes control of the pandemic. This hopefulness for the future is powered by his drive to create a better tomorrow for his son.