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IATF: Mice Racing Banned Under ECQ!

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Before there were computer video games, there was the karera ng daga (mice race) where carnival goers bet on their favorite mouse in the hope of winning a prize of goods or money.

Well, mice racing has no place under the Philippine government’s Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

In its latest directive implementing restrictions to curb the further spread of Covid-19, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases has banned all mice and social events.

It is a blow to ordinary Filipinos who depend on mice racing for their living and pleasure.


MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – GMA News is reporting that the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for Emerging Infectious Diseases has reinstated the ban on children 5 years old and above from leaving their homes.

The decision is a reversal of an earlier announcement to the contrary. So typical of IATF.

But the good news is that children 4 years old and below may now roam free since the IATF regulation did not mention them.

At the same time, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque clarified that in addition to children 5 years and above, adults who think and act like kids will also be covered by the home quarantine order.

That should ease road traffic, especially in the National Capital Region!

children Under 5 Protest IATF Ruling!

MANIKA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau)- Children took to the streets on Saturday to protest the new IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases) allowing kids 5 years old and above to go out to public places under GCQ and MGCQ areas.

The protesters, accompanied by their parents, were mostly children below 5 years old. One kid held a placard that said, “End Child Discrimination. Let us out!”

But there were also children aged 5 and above who joined the protest. They complained that the new IATF ruling didn’t go far enough. While they are now allowed to visit outdoor public areas, they are still prohibited from entering malls.

When the Philippines started imposing community quarantines more than a year ago, kids and seniors were prohibited from being outside their homes except when buying essentials like lugaw (rice porridge).

No comment yet from IATF.