QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – While members of the Philippine Senate and their staff have been scrambling to get tested for COVID-19 due to their interaction with someone who tested positive for it, incarcerated Senator Leila de Lima is exempted.
One Senator, Migz Zubiri recently revealed he had tested positive for the coronavirus while his colleagues have gone into self-quarantine.
De Lima’s exemption was at her own request, In a handwritten note, she said there was no need for her to get tested because she had been in quarantine for 3 years now — in jail.
Makes sense. Except in the event that one of her jail guards or police escorts turns out to be a carrier of the dreaded virus!
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The recently-declared Enhanced Community Quarantine for the entire Luzon island due to the threat of further spread of COVID-19 or the corononavirus has its pros and cons.
But let’s focus on the pros, particularly the huge money savings for Filipinos in the areas under quarantine because of the temporary closure or suspension of businesses. Here’s a partial list:
- POGOs are suspended
- LOTTO is suspended
- SOGOs are closed
- Beer houses are closed
- Massage parlors are closed
- Retail shops at Malls are closed
- Starbucks is closed, except for take-outs
- McDonald’s is closed, except for take-outs
- Jollibee is closed, except for take-outs
- Government offices , except for those in charge of essential service are closed, and that means savings on bribes.
Be safe, everyone!
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – A concurrent resolution from the Senate and the House of Representatives authorizing the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to extend ABS-CBN Corp’s franchise is enough to allow the network to operate until lawmakers decide on a new one, said Senator Grace Poe.
But a leading lawyer, none other than Vice President Leni Robredo, debunked Poe’s statement and proceeded to lecture the Senator.
”How can either House of Congress concur with the other to resolve the franchise issue when these are two separate and independent branches of the legislature,” Robredo said.
”It’s plain common sense,” the VP pointed out, adding that “just like it is common sense for me as VP not to concur with any and all of the President’s pronouncements or executive orders, it is equally common sense for Senators never to agree to anything emanating from the House of Representatives and vice versa.”
To each his/her own…