BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – In Baguio City, the Philippines’ Summer Capital, front liners, including police officers, are required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) at all times.
The city is known for the discipline of its citizens particularly in following mandated health protocols aimed at curbing the further spread of the coronavirus.
As seen in the photo, taken along the city’s main thoroughfare, Session Road which is closed to vehicular traffic on Sundays, police officers wear their PPEs with pride: face mask, face shield, hand gloves and g-string.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – In a post on her Facebook page, Leni Robredo announced that all her concerned staff at the Office of the Vice President (OVP) tested negative for Covid-19. It is presumed she did, too.
Robredo and staff went into self-quarantine last week after they reportedly came in close contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.
What Robredo didn’t disclose was that she and her staff tested positive for being “nega,” a term widely used to describe Filipinos who display a negative attitude about social, political and other issues that beset the country. Similar to what many know to be “crab mentality.”
Robredo and the OVP are known for their generosity in criticizing every move or policy of the Duterte administration in order to create a semblance of some opposition — something that many describe as a desperate survival technique.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – There is no love lost between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo.
In a move that took both Duterte supporters and the Opposition Dilawan by surprise, the President appointed the VP the Administration’s Data Czar.
This is the third Cabinet position held by Robredo, after she had been appointed, and fired, as Housing Czar and Drug Czar.
Robredo’s appointment came after Malacañang Palace saw, and was very impressed, by the VP’s social media announcement that her office has launched a Covid Data Tracker to compete with the Department of Health’s own database on coronavirus in the Philippines.
DOH Secretary Francisco Duque and on again-of again Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go opposed the appointment but said “the will of Duterte be done, citing a verse from “The Lord’s Prayer.” (No, not House Speaker Lord.)