The year 2020 has proven to be one of the most difficult years experienced not just by the people but by the government as well as the outbreak of the coronavirus rocked countries across the globe.
Here are some of the biggest political controversies that sparked various debates and discussion in the Filipino online community amid the pandemic.
1. Senator Koko Pimentel's Quarantine Breach Case
On March 24, Senator Koko Pimentel became the center of controversy after he accompanied his pregnant wife at the Makati Medical Center despite not knowing the results of his COVID-19 test. He later tested positive for the virus. The said controversy prompted the Department of Health to file a formal complaint against the senator for breaching the quarantine protocols being followed for the coronavirus.
2. Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson's OWWA Mass Gathering
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration's Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson went under fire as she was spotted attending a mass gathering of 322 overseas Filipino workers in Lian, Batangas despite the ongoing ban on mass gatherings to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
3. ABS-CBN's Franchise Renewal Controversy
On May 5, ABS-CBN went off the air after the National Telecommunications Commission sent a cease and desist order to the network after its legislative franchise expired on May 4. The Congress denied renewing the network's franchise after it was accused of illegally operating a cable channel.
4. Police Chief Major Debold Sinas's Mañanita Party
Due to the threat of the coronavirus, governments have put a ban on mass gatherings while asking the people to observe proper social distancing. However, on May 8, in Camp Bagong Diwa, Police Chief Major Debold Sinas made headlines after dozens of cops from the National Capital Region Police Office celebrated his birthday on an early morning.
5. PhilHealth's Corruption Scandal
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth, was recently involved in an alleged corruption scandal after it has been rocked with various allegations of overpricing and fund mismanagement by its several senior officials including its former CEO, Ricardo Morales, as well as the Secretary of Health, Francisco Duque III.
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