The ANC Brief: Opened skies


Posted at Jul 08 2020 05:00 AM | Updated as of Jul 08 2020 05:16 AM

Have we given up the fight against COVID-19? Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Dance of death
The number of COVID-19 cases jumped to 47,873 cases on Tuesday. But despite the rising number, the government has allowed non-essential travel abroad for Filipinos. Should we be concerned? The Palace doesn’t seem to think so. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said we should just “dance” to COVID-19 (“Sasayawan na lang natin ang COVID-19”), whatever that means. 

Leaving us to our own devices
The working hours of coronavirus-infected MRT-3 ticket sellers have been identified. The Palace advised MRT-3 passengers to just monitor themselves for symptoms.

Failure to clarify
Meralco apologized for what it said is its failure to clarify its charges to its customers during the pandemic. On Monday, senators slammed the company for failing to explain in its bills sent to customers the estimated and actual electricity consumption.

Prelude to a battle
Militants are still mounting protests against the new anti-terrorism law in and out of cyberspace. Critics, including Vice President Leni Robredo, are hoping the law won’t be implemented. The Supreme Court ordered the government to submit its comments on petitions assailing the law. 

Flight schedule
Take note international PAL ticket holders: To accommodate COVID testing procedures, some flights bound for Manila have been re-routed to Clark or Cebu.