Category Archives: Science and Environment

New Cockroach Variant Discovered In The Philippines!

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Critics of Rodrigo Duterte have accused the President’s administration of always being late in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, whether it be the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines or identifying new variants of the deadly virus.

But thanks to Filipino scientists, the Duterte administration can claim the Philippines to be the first among all nations to discover a new strain of the cockroach.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in today’s press briefing unveiled the first photo of the newly-discovered cockroach variant. Many believe that the mutation was most likely inspired by the Filipinos’ penchant for designer bags, particularly the Gucci brand.

Vice President Leni Robredo, who herself fancies Gucci and other designer brands, has yet to issue a statement on the new discovery.

Manila Bay White Sands Will Be Closed Until There’s A Vaccine

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – One of the biggest criticism about the white sanding of Manila Bay has been timing.  Many believe that spending a huge amount of money for cosmetic purposes was inappropriate at a time when the country was in a middle of a pandemic that has affected people’s health and  livelihood.

The government argued that the rehabilitation of Manila Bay has been in the works, and in the budget, even before Covid-19.

But when the “new” Manila Bay was opened to the public, all of the government’s efforts to promote physical distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus went out the door. Manileños descended upon the bay to get a glimpse and to experience a Boracay moment — all to the detriment of the government’s regulations on minimum health standards.

Today, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) ordered the immediate closure of Manila Bay, vowing to keep it closed until there’s a coronavirus vaccine.

IATF’s move comes as no surprise as most of its policies in fighting Covid-19 have been consistently  premised on the mantra “until there’s a vaccine.”

To those who were able to frolic in the white sand of the bay, congratulations.  To the rest, see you on the other side of a Covid-19 vaccine!

 

DENR, Critics Reach Compromise On Manila Bay Sand Makeover

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has proposed a compromise with critics of the white sanding of  Manila Bay. It was immediately accepted by the critics.

Instead of just white sand from Cebu, the ‘landfill’ of the bay will be combined with pink sand to be brought in from Zamboanga. In addition, green shrubs will be planted along the beach for a nice  tri-color effect.

Just like the popular Filipino rice cake delicacy, sapin-sapin.