Category Archives: Law Enforcement

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.

IATF Issues New Directive on Hand-Washing

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines’ Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has left no stone unturned to ensure that Filipinos are safe from infection from the coronavirus.

IATF has already put in place mandated protocols like the wearing of face masks and face shields, rules on physical distancing, limiting the capacities of public venues, home-quarantining children aged 14 and below as well as senior citizens 65 and over.

Now, IATF wants to complete its mantra of “Mask. Hugas. Iwas.” (Mask, Hand-washing and Avoiding crowded venues).

In its latest resolution, IATF has authorized cops and other law-enforcement personnel to stop citizens who are out in public and to smell their hands to make sure that they are strictly complying with the “hugas” part. Cops will be smelling hands to make sure citizens have washed their hands with soap and water.

First-time violators will be warned by the police. Repeat offenders will be fined P500 to P1,000 and could also face jail time.

To repeat offenders, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says, “Manigas kayong lahat” (you can all harden).