IATF Orders Confiscation Of All Home Karaoke Machines

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines’ Inter-Agency Task Force on Covid-19 (IATF) is leaving no stone unturned in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.

Today, IATF ordered the confiscation of all Karaoke and videoke machines from all households across the country.

”We all know that karaoke singing is a favorite passtime among Filipinos, more so during this  period of community quarantine,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told The Adobo Chronicles.

”But we also know that karaoke singing, including the sharing of microphones, is one of the ways in which respiratory droplets are released and which could potentially spread the virus,” Roque added.

The confiscation of karaoke machines will be temporary and the confiscated units will be returned to the rightful owners as soon as the country reaches the period of new normal.

The IATF move came just days after the LRT management advised commuters to refrain from talking on their phones or to each other while onboard the trains.


Congress Votes: YES To ABS-CBN!

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – Throughout the unprecedented 12 Congressional committee hearings to determine the fate of ABS-CBN’s new broadcast franchise, supporters of the embattled network flooded social media with their hashtag of #VoteYesToABSCBN.

Well, it worked.

Today, the House of Representatives Committee on Legislative Franchises voted 70 to 11, with the yes votes winning. There were 2 inhibitions and 1 abstention.

But alas, the yes votes were for the Technical Working Group’s recommendation to deny a new franchise for ABS-CBN.

Should the network supporters have used a different hashtag instead?

Like #VoteNoToABSCBN?

CBCP Issues New Guidelines For Church Weddings

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It goes without saying that one of the sectors most negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic in the Philippines is the Catholic Church. One could only imagine the extent of lost revenue from Sunday collections, baptisms, funerals, and yes, church weddings.

But slowly and surely, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is reinstating church ceremonies, starting with weddings, albeit with new, strict guidelines and requirements to comply with appropriate health safety protocols.

Here are the new guidelines for Filipino couples wishing to contract matrimony in areas under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ):

1. The bride and groom, sponsors, entourage and guests must all submit a certificate that they have tested Covid-19 negative in a PCR test.  The test must have been conducted no earlier than seven days before the day of the wedding.

2. The bride and groom must wear a face mask and a face shield throughout the ceremony. This is for the protection of the officiating priest and altar boys. All others must wear a face mask.

3. The total number of church attendees must not exceed 30 people. However, the church will allow live streaming via Facebook or Zoom to enable more people to witness the ceremony.

4. Throughout the ceremony, the bride and groom will stand, sit or kneel six feet apart.

5. The bride and groom must disinfect with alcohol or sanitize each time they hold hands during the ceremony.

6. No live singers or choir will be allowed due to the danger of respiratory droplets being spread.

7. There will be no kissing of the bride after the church ceremony.

8. The newly-wedded couple must sign a promissory note to sleep in separate bedrooms for 14 days from the day of the wedding.

9. In addition to the usual wedding fees, the wedding party will be asked to pay a surcharge of 30-50 percent, depending on the size of church, to cover the cost of disinfecting the church before and after the ceremony.

10. As always, any additional donations to the church will be highly appreciated.



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