The ANC Brief: Still under GCQ

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 17 2020 05:00 AM

Metro Manila is still a hotbed of COVID-19, the Palace said Tuesday. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Still a hotbed
President Rodrigo Duterte announced late Monday night that Metro Manila would remain under general community quarantine until June 30. He also said Cebu City would revert to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). The Palace said this was the only way for Cebu City to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque also said Metro Manila was still the hotbed of the virus and that the metropolis “barely stayed” under GCQ. Roque also said they were hoping the total COVID-19 cases won’t reach 40,000 after the GCQ extension.

“Outrageous crime”
Prominent international groups and personalities have voiced support for Maria Ressa after her conviction of cyberlibel. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called it an “outrageous crime.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said it was proof Philippine courts lack complete independence from the Duterte administration. Personalities who came out to support Ressa include Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, and veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour.

No computers
Based on a survey it conducted, the Department of Education (DepEd) claimed 87 percent of teachers had laptops or computers at home while 13 percent had none. This still translates to tens of thousands of teachers out of the almost 700,000 teachers nationwide who are without computers with the opening of schools just around the corner. And what about the students?

Targeting online sellers
The Department of Finance (DOF) said registering online businesses came with benefits like access to loan facilities and wage subsidy programs. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) confirmed small online sellers earning P250,000 below were exempted from registering.

Success story
Injap Sia, the man who brought the Philippines into a chicken oil fueled frenzy has had a string of successes, the most recent of which was last Monday’s unexpected, virus-defying debut at the PSE.