Category Archives: Government

DOH Secretary Duque Insists Philippines Now On Second Wave Of Covid-19 Crisis

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Secretary Francisco Duque of the Philippines’ Department of Health received flak this week after he told legislators the country is now on the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement during a Senate hearing, Duque said the first wave happened in January when the first three cases of Covid-19 among three Chinese nationals were confirmed.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque quickly dismissed the Health Secretary’s claim, saying it was Duque’s interpretation of the data.

But the Health Secretary stood his ground, releasing a graph to prove his claim. It showed a timeline and numbers from when the country recorded its first cases to the time it reached a peak to the present time which he described a “flattening of the curve.”

(Graph: CTTO)

Community Quarantine Made Simple

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) –  Many Filipinos have complained of the confusion brought about by their government’s levels and guidelines on community quarantine as part of the fight against Covid-19.

Not even Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque or Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar could come up with a (actress) Kim Chiu-type explanation of ECQ, MECQ, GCQ or MGCQ.

In the interest of public service, The Adobo Chronicles has come up with a simpler infographic that translates the various community quarantine levels into color codes.

We apologize to our non-Tagalog speaking readers, but an English translation of the quarantine guidelines is not currently available.  But seek the help of a Filipino near you.

BIR, SSS, Others Go After ABS-CBN

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – ABS-CBN Network, forced off the air last week due to its expired broadcast franchise is in for more trouble, thanks to Rappler CEO Maria Ressa!

After being shut down by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), the Philippines’ largest broadcasting network now faces fines and sanctions from other government entities like the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Social Security System (SSS), PhilHealth and the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-ibig Fund).

In a television interview with The World’s Beverley O’Connor, Ressa revealed that ABS-CBN had 11 Million employees that are affected by the shutdown, contrary to the network’s earlier claim of 11,000.

That means that ABS-CBN had defrauded the government of what could be Billions of pesos in potential taxes and contributions.  By law, employers are mandated to deduct income taxes and Social Security contributions from their employees’ paychecks, not to mention automatic deductions for PhilHealth premiums and Pag-ibig fund contributions.  In effect, the network owes the government money which would have been collected from the remaining 10,989,000 employees.

Speaking with The Adobo Chronicles, spokespersons of the different government agencies said that they have no reason to not believe Ressa who is among the country’s and the world’s most truthful and trusted journalists, having been previously named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.