The ANC Brief: Strong-arm tactics


Posted at Jul 22 2020 05:00 AM

President Duterte gave strict orders to the national police force on Monday. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

'Pasaway' narrative
As the number of COVID-19 cases rises in the country, authorities are still clinging to the "pasaway" narrative, using strong-arm tactics and treating the pandemic as a peace and order issue rather than one of public health. President Duterte said he wants strict implementation of health protocols, including wearing masks and physical distancing. He told police not to hesitate in making arresting violators.

Crying foul
There's something fishy with the COVID-19 deaths at the New Bilibid Prison that authorities have yet to clear up. Senate President Tito Sotto said there are too many unanswered questions. Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag cried foul over doubts of the official version of the deaths.

Out of the bag
Reactions to the Zoom meeting where some lawmakers were talking about a takeover of ABS-CBN are still coming in. Rep. Edsel Lagman said the "cat is out of the bag" on the true intentions to deny the network its franchise and coerce it to sell to an "anointed buyer."

With the opening of schools looming, President Duterte approved face-to-face classes in areas under the more lenient modified general community quarantine category. This is a departure from his early statement that he would rather children skip school first until a vaccine for COVID-19 becomes available.

Culinary questions
If you want to start a food business at home, an IG page isn't the only thing you have to set up. Most kitchens aren’t built for them and the dangers range from fire and pests to bad safety habits.