The ANC Brief: Pessimism in the time of a pandemic


Posted at Jun 24 2020 05:01 AM

As the lockdown eases, Filipinos are looking down the hard long road to recovery. Many are not liking what they see. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Peak in pessimism
A new survey by the Social Weather Stations revealed that 43 percent of Filipinos think their lives will worsen in the next 12 months due to the pandemic. SWS said this percentage of pessimists is the “new peak” in its history. 

Eyes and ears
In a late Monday night address, President Duterte appointed Roy Cimatu to handle the COVID-19 response in Cebu City, which is seeing a spike in cases. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Cimatu will serve as Duterte’s eyes and ears in Cebu City. 

Pedal power
Police conducted operations on Tuesday against vehicles parked on bike lanes. Car owners were also warned not to use the bike lanes. Meanwhile, drivers of traditional jeepneys and UV Express vans appealed to the government to allow them back on the streets.

Fighting fake news
Vice President Leni Robredo branded as “fake news” posts circulating that she supposedly distributed spoiled food to a hospital. The Diliman Doctors Hospital issued a statement saying the story was not true. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said it has located and identified the netizen who posted a rape threat against Frankie Pangilinan.

Lockdown headliners
Meet the people who have taken up room in our collective headspace in the 100 days of the lockdown, tugging at our heartstrings, or impressing us with either their unlikely heroism or vein-popping ignorance.