President Duterte ordered, however grudgingly, the return to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). He also had a mouthful for medical workers. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Not a failure
Putting Metro Manila and surrounding areas under MECQ seems like taking a step back. The Palace said the MECQ declaration is not an admission of failure. But the numbers show COVID-19 has been on the rise despite the actions undertaken by government.
Poor medical workers. They are tired, overworked, worried about getting infected, and underpaid. And now they are gaslighted by the government in the most humiliating way by no less than President Duterte. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque admitted that a song in Les Miserables sung during rallies was one of the things that ticked off the Chief Executive. Medical workers said their recent statement was a call for help, not a call for a revolution.
Despite the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths, the Palace insisted that the country is on the right track. Interior and Local Government Sec. Eduardo Ano said the Philippines will boost contact tracing during lockdown. Wasn't that something that should've been done earlier?
The Senate will hold a hearing today on allegations of corruption in PhilHealth. A whistleblower linked PhilHealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales to anomalies inside the corporation.
Dr. Fabian M. Dayrit, president of the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines, says virgin coconut oil can help prevent, manage, and treat novel coronavirus patients. He has been doing his studies on VCO for over 15 years.