Category Archives: Government

IATF Issues Guidelines For Opening Of Cinemas

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines is moving closer to the dawn of the “new normal” after proposals that the entire country be placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), the least restrictive of the government’s regulative policy aimed curbing the spread of Covid-19.

Among the proposed changes is to open up cinemas on the condition of controlled occupancy (physical distancing) and observance of, according to a Department of Health (DOH) officials, the wearing of face masks, no eating, no calls, and NO BATHROOM BREAKS!

In accordance with the DOH recommendation, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) issued Resolution 69-X that would require all movie patrons to bring their own portable urinals so that they wont’ have the need to use the cinema’s bathroom.

In anticipation of the opening of the cinemas and of the new IATF rules, online shopping portal Lazada is reporting that its supply of portable urinals has been depleted and is currently on back order.

Court Acquits Leila De Lima in One Of Three Cases, But Not Concubinage

MUNTINLUPA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – A Muntinlupa court on Wednesday, February 17, acquitted opposition Senator Leila de Lima in one of her 3 criminal charges.

But the court denied that the dismissed charge was for concubinage. Rather, it is one of 3 charges for conspiracy to commit drug trading.

De Lima had admitted to have had a romantic relationship with her bodyguard/driver Ronnie Dayan, a married man, citing “frailties of a woman.”

Dayan is a co-accused in one of the remaining charges against De Lima.

Supreme Court Rules On The Constitutionality Of Philippine Vice Presidency!

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It took all of five years before the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to rule on the protest of former Senator Bongbong Marcos against the election of Leni Robredo as Vice President of the Philippines. The high court all but affirmed Robredo’s election.

But in a separate ruling, the Supremes also ruled that Robredo must abide by the provisions of the Philippine Constitution which states that the Vice President has no real powers or functions except to wait for something to happen to the President. As part of the ruling, the Court issued a cease and desist order to Robredo relating to her VP position. She can no longer issue public statements as VP, or undertake her own public relations projects under the guise of providing service to the Filipino people. The court also ordered the government’s budget office to take back the Office of the Vice President’s approved budget for 2021.

Robredo herself, early on, acknowledged the “no power” provision for the VP under the Philippine Constitution: