MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Since the start of the Philippine governnment’s imposed community quarantine, Filipinos under 21 years old and senior citizens 60 and above have always been ordered to stay at home at all times. This, despite the subsequent easing down of the lockdowns from acronyms like ECQ to MECQ to GCQ to MGCQ.
Well, senior citizens are pushing back, arguing that they are being discriminated against based on their age, no matter that many of them are in prime health and are as strong as a bull.
Fearing serious backlash from its guidelines practically isolating seniors, the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) in charge of promulgating Covid-19 policies, amended its latest resolution, turning the tables around.
For the remainder of the government lockdowns, the IATF is now ordering all Filipinos aged 21-59 to stay at home to give the chance to young people and senior citizens to also enjoy their freedom and Constitutional right of movement.
One senior citizen was overheard screaming, “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, free at last.”
For seniors, no more GCQ. Just MLK!