The WHO had an unflattering assessment of how the Philippines is dealing with COVID-19. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Something very wrong
The World Health Organization (WHO) said the Philippines is fastest in the rise of COVID-19 cases in the Western Pacific for the past two weeks. The number of COVID-19 cases in the country is a little over 35,000 and at that rate we might be on track to reach 40,000 cases by July, as predicted by a group from UP. Reacting to the statement from the WHO, Senate President Tito Sotto surmised that "there is something very wrong." No kidding. Meanwhile, a nurses' union called on government to hire more nurses as Cebu City grapples with the spread of COVID-19.
The Palace and the Vice President are in a tussle again after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Vice President Leni Robredo has been looking at the "glass half-empty" in her criticisms of government's response to the pandemic. Robredo said the administration should not be "too sensitive" to criticisms. She added that her office has been busy trying to fill up the government's "glass half-empty" response to COVID-19.
Harsher than expected
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipina Gov. Benjamin Diokno said the country is poised to sink into recession. Diokno said the country's GDP will likely shrink between 5.7 to 6.7 percent in the second quarter, worse than the 0.2 percent in the first quarter. He said the negative effect of COVID-19 to the economy is "harsher" than expected. Two consecutive quarters of contraction means we have sunk into a recession.
Sexual harassment in schools
Private schools are reeling from allegations of sexual harassment with new incidents being reported in Ateneo, Miriam College and St. Theresa's College in Quezon City. Meanwhile, Frankie Pangilinan, who received a rape threat online, said President Duterte must do more to stop gender-based violence.
Ige Ramos may be a multi-awarded food writer and book designer, but admits his first ever project more than 30 years ago was a complete failure.