Category Archives: Health & Medicine

Senator Leila De Lima To New House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo: Please Help Me Seek Medical Attention Abroad

544682FB-6F2B-4A60-B98A-C21543C24796QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – Incarcerated Senator Leila De Lima is asking the help of newly-elected House Speaker (and former President) Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to obtain a travel permit to seek medical check-up abroad.

The request came in the form of a text message which De Lima sent to Arroyo just minutes after the latter was elected new Speaker of the House of Representives.

“Let bygones be bygones,” De Lima told Arroyo in her text, referring to that time when the then Justice Secretary refused to grant the former President a permit to travel abroad to seek medical treatment.  This, despite a ruling from the Supreme Court to allow Mrs. Arroyo to travel abroad.

”I appeal to your sense of compassion to a fellow woman. Babae ako,”  De Lima said, “and I am confident that you will act favorably on my request.”

The Adobo Chronicles tried to reach Arroyo at her La Vista residence for comment, but we couldn’t connect with her.

We’ll keep on trying.


DepEd, DOH To Give Away Free iPhone X To Families Of Dengvaxia Vaccinees

F97285E9-1956-47C6-9870-6D1C9758FC15MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Of what good is a mobile app if one does not have a mobile device? This is the dilemma now faced by the Department of Education and Department of Health after they proudly announced the launching of a new app for use by families of children who were vaccinated with Dengvaxia.

Parents, guardians and even teachers of students who had been given the Dengvaxia vaccine may now report the youngsters’ condition through two mobile applications designed to help monitor their symptoms and other health problems.

The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Health (DOH) on Monday unveiled the two apps, Abizo and Kaizala, which were customized with tools to monitor students through reports from the users.

The apps will allow the monitoring of the students’ status in real time, Education Undersecretary Alain Pascua said.

So, responding to criticism, DepEd and DOH jointly told The Adobo Chronicles they had placed an order with Apple for 1 Million new, iPhone X smartphones to be distributed to families of Dengvaxia vaccinees.  The units, with the Dengvaxia app pre-installed,  will be given out for free.

Each iPhone X costs an estimated P65,000.

DepEd and DOH go high-tech!



Malacañang Clarifies P1 Increase In Jeepney Fare

Photo credits: left, One Valenzuela; right, Rene Astudillo

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque today issued a clarification regarding the P1 increase in jeepney fare which went into effect yesterday in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The Malacañang statement came after the President’s hotline (8888) received numerous calls from irate Filipinos complaining about the rise in the cost for massage services.

Apparently, what many heard was that there was a P1 increase in pamasahe (massage) as opposed to a P1 increase in pasahe (fare).

Yet another case of ‘lost in translation.’