MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Responding to a public outcry against its new rule requiring a barrier between motorcycle driver and spouse/partner rider, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has approved a third, no-cost alternative to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Earlier, the IATF required motorcycle drivers to mount a plexiglass barrier to separate them from authorized back riders (limited to spouses or partners living in the same household). It also approved a backpack-type barrier to be worn by the driver.
Many citizens protested the new rule, citing both safety and extra cost to motorcycle owners.
During an emergency meeting held today in Malacañang, the IATF approved a third option that will not cost a single penny to motorcycle owners.
The alternative involves the motocycle rider facing away (opposite direction) from the driver to prevent exposure to possibly-infected respiratory moisture or droplets.
The new rule still requires both driver and ride to wear a face mask. Proof of marriage or cohabitation must also be presentation at checkpoints, or when stopped by law enforcers.
The people have spoken. IATF has listened.
MORONG, Bataan (The Adobo Chronicles, Morong Bureau) – Health Secretary Francisco Duque has ordered the mass testing of all dolphins that came in contact with Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in his visit to a marine park in Bataan on July 1.
Roque earlier said that his visit to Ocean Adventure Park in Subic, was just a “sidetrip” of an authorized trip to check on his family’s swine business and to distribute personal protective equipment to a nearby hospital.
Critics chastised Roque for sending mixed messages to the Filipino people. In all his press briefings, Roque constantly reminds everyone to wash their hands, wear a face mask and practice physical distancing as a way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“Based on photos posted on social media, Roque didn’t seem to have worn a mask nor practiced social distancing with the dolphins,” Duque said. “We don’t even know if he washed his hands before touching the dolphins,” he added.
Duque said his order for the swab testing of the dolphins is to make sure the sea creatures weren’t exposed to Covid, in case Roque was an asymptomatic carrier of the virus. The Health Secretary also ordered that the dolphins be quarantined pending the test results.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – A recent Philippine Congressional proposal to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has been met with mixed reaction from the Filipinos.
While many agree that the name change is long overdue, others have criticized the proposed new name — a mouthful and tongue-twister, “Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas.” “It should just revert to its original name of ‘Manila International Airport,’ “ they say.
To end the controversy once and for all, President Rodrigo Duterte issued an Executive Order renaming NAIA to “Imelda R. Marcos International Airport.” It is effective July 2, the 91st birthday of the former Philippine First Lady.
End of story. No “IFs or Buts.”