While it battles COVID-19, the Philippines takes China to task for its moves in the South China Sea. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
1 in 5
The government allows essential work and religious gatherings in areas under general community quarantine. Also, seniors are allowed to go out for essentials including government aid. Currently the Philippines has 8,488 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1 in every 5 a health worker.
The Philippines said it “strongly protests” the declaration of China of 2 new districts in the South China Sea. But on the other hand, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said COVID-19 assistance from China is not meant to silence criticism of its aggressive moves in the South China Sea. Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque insisted that the Philippines’ position has always been that Taiwan is part of China as part of a "one-China policy."
National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) chief Karl Chua said economic losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic could hit P1.1 trillion. The government also said it was eyeing the restoration of 1 million jobs in a post-COVID-19 recovery plan. Chua also reiterated that the government’s flagship “Build Build Build” program would be a priority in the post-COVID plan.
But a dream
The Department of Tourism (DOT) said foreign travel would not be likely this year. For Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, international travel for the year is “but a dream.”
Those in areas that would be under general community quarantine starting May 1 will be able to go for a long-awaited trim. ANCX talks to barbershops to give you an idea of the changes to expect.