Congress will hear summations of the arguments presented in hearings on the ABS-CBN franchise. After which a vote may follow. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Threats and intimidation
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano denied reports some quarters are using threats and intimidation to influence the vote of congressmen on the ABS-CBN franchise. Senate President Tito Sotto III said government should not meddle in content of news organizations. He also said the Senate is not likely to tackle the issue of the alleged bias of the network.
Speaking of the franchise, Fitch Solutions said the issue of the franchise has been "highly politicized" and is affecting the country's ability to lure foreign investors. This was disputed by Finance Sec. Carlos Dominguez who said the hearings on the franchise have not affected investor appetite.
Two framers of the 1987 Constitution led a group of educators in filing a petition before the Supreme Court to declare certain sections of the Anti-Terrorism Law as unconstitutional. The petition of the group of Christian Monsod and Felicitas Arroyo is the latest in the long list of petitions assailing the new law.
Not good to travel
The number of COVID-19 cases in the country is now above 50,000. The Department of Health (DOH) said the number of cases is rising due to increased testing capacity and at the same time, the public's refusal to comply with minimum health standards. At least two senators said Filipinos won't be doing any leisure travel outside of the country despite the easing restrictions.
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