The fate of the country’s largest broadcast network is in now in the hands of lawmakers. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Two committees in Congress heard summations of case for and against the ABS-CBN franchise prior to a vote on the issue. Rep. Mike Defensor went on attack mode and brought up a new issue. Some lawmakers called on their fellow lawmakers to make a “conscience vote.” Rep. Migs Zubiri called on the House to give the network a chance. ABS-CBN also denied the claim of Rep. Eric Yap that an alleged emissary reached out to him and offered money for voting for the franchise.
Speaking of ABS-CBN, Sen. Ronaldo dela Rosa advised the network’s employees who stand to lose their jobs to just look for new ones. But what jobs are out there during a pandemic? Cebu Pacific said it would lay off 800 more employees by August.
Hammer and dance
The Department of Health (DOH) said there were 1396 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 51,754 with no new deaths. Meanwhile, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque explained again his “sayawan ang COVID” remark. He said it refers to the “hammer and dance” theory where the government used a “hammer” for the lockdown and “dance” to explain the need to reopen the economy.
The Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) against COVID-19 has allowed pillion or back riding for motorcycles starting July 10. But Roque said it only applies to couples. Interior Sec. Eduardo Ano said it’s allowed also for common-law or living in couples. Either way, the couples have to bring identification and marriage certificates as the case may be.
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