MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Following a Rappler fact check on its website belying claims that Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. (Bongbong) has returned to Malacañang, it now appears that Vice President Leni Robredo is the one who has returned to the Palace.
Senator and gentleman-in-waiting extraordinaire Bong Go released a photo showing Robredo walking with the President inside Malacañang. It was Go’s way of proving that Duterte is alive and healthy, contrary to recent speculation.
It wasn’t clear why Robredo paid a visit to Duterte. Sources close to the Palace said the President is considering re-appointing the VP to his Cabinet, possibly as the Overall Czar for the country’s war against Covid-19. This would be Robredo’s third appointment as a Cab member.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Leave it to Health Secretary Francisco Duque to strictly implement the physical distancing rule mandated by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infection Diseases (IATF) as a way to prevent to further spread of Covid-19.
Duque has been making the rounds of public markets, groceries and other venues, complete with his measuring tape, making sure that the one-meter physical distancing rule is followed by all.
Now, with what appears to be a new surge of new Covid-19 cases, especially in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces, the Department of Health has recommended for IATF’s approval a new, additional physical distancing rule.
The new mandate will require all Filipino citizens waiting in line for their takeout orders to keep at least one meter distance between their legs. Fast food restaurants and similar venues are required to set up markers to guide customers so they could properly and accurately spread their legs.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – A PR photo showing Leni Robredo inspecting one of her rural toilet projects is now the source of bad blood between the Philippine Vice President and Facebook.
It all started when writer/blogger Krizette Laureta Chu posted an opinion piece on her Facebook page in which she talked about Robredo’s project. Her post came with a photo of Robredo during her inspection.
Alas, Facebook blurred the photo, saying that it may be sensitive to some people. Facebook did not specify whether the sensitive issue was the toilet bowl in the photo, or of Robredo herself.
Immediately, the Office of the Vice President sent a “note verbale” (Robredo has been making the rounds of foreign diplomatic offices lately) to Facebook protesting the giant social media platform’s action.
“How could Facebook decide on its own that the Vice President’s photo is sensitive to some people,” the OVP asked. “She was dressed appropriately in her favorite lavander color, and she was wearing a face mask as required in public,” it added.
The Adobo Chronicles tried to get the side of Mark Zuckerberg, but his staff told us he was working from home when we called, and they could not give us his home phone number because it was confidential.