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Presidential Press Briefings Add To Pandemic Stress Among Pinoys

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – They were supposed to provide Filipinos with factual information and serve as a vehicle to calm frayed nerves brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, but the Presidential Press Briefings seem to be adding more stress for many, thanks to Spokesperson Harry Roque.

GMA 7 correspondent Joseph Morong had even advised Roque — on live TV — “to relax” after he and many viewers noticed the Spox to get so easily irritated by reporters’ questions and criticism from President Rodrigo Duterte’s opponents. Roque’s facial expressions — not to mention his snark remarks — when encountering the likes of Rappler’s Pia Ranada are classic.

But it is not just members of the Malacañang Press Corps who suffer from Roque’s ways. A yet-to-be-published survey among hospitals across the country shows that outside of Covid-19, mental and emotional stress is among the top reasons for Emergency Room visits. Patients interviewed indicate a common stressor: listening to Roque’s Presidential Press Briefings. What a departure from the calm demeanor of Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles!

Here is one of Roque’s most talked about come-back to Duterte’s critics to date:

Vice Prez Leni Robredo Declines Interview With BBC’s Stephen Sackur

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – Following the Chinese government’s ban on BBC’s broadcasting in the country, HardTalk’s Stephen Sackur has turned to the Philippines for his trademark hard-hitting segments.

Sackur had previously interviewed former Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, both of which turned out to be an embarrassment for the interviewees.

The Adobo Chronicles has learned that Sackur has extended an invitation to Vice President Leni Robredo for an exclusive, one-on-one interview sans prepared statements or coaching from her spokespersons and speechwriters.

But alas, Robredo declined the invitation, but she graciously invited Sackur for a merienda,, or snacks, at the VP Residence at the Boracay Mansion in Quezon City.

Robredo promised to exempt Sackur from all Covid-related travel restrictions imposed by her country’s Inter-agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) for foreign nationals.

Today’s News Headlines In 60 Seconds

MARIA RESSA NOMINATED FOR NO BAIL PLEASE PRIZE

IF ELECTIONS WERE HELD TODAY, LENI ROBREDO WILL LOSE BY A LANDSLIDE, BASED ON CHANGE.ORG ONLINE PETITIONS

BAGUIO MAYOR BENJIE MAGALONG REDEFINES “IRREVOCABLE.”

GMA 7 TO LAUNCH NEW PRIME-TIME TELESERYE TITLED “ANG DALAWANG PANGANAY” WITH SHARON CUNETA, KAKIE PANGILINAN AND KC CONCEPCION

PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON HARRY ROQUE SAYS AFRICAN SWINE FEVER IS LIKE COVID AMONG PIGS. ERGO, HUMANS INFECTED WITH COVID MUST BE KILLED

LTO REQUIRES CAR SEATS AND BOOSTERS FOR CHILDREN 12 YEARS OLD AND BELOW, INCLUDING THOSE WHO ARE MORE THAN 5 FEET TALL OR ARE OVERWEIGHT.

PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE HAS A CHANGE OF HEART, WILL BE VACCINATED IN PUBLIC, IN THE BUTT.

TED BAGUILAT WANTS LENI ROBREDO TO RUN FOR BARANGAY CAPTAIN IN IFUGAO