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.”
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The proposed bill to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has received a lot of pushback from many Filipinos.
Representatives Paolo Duterte, Lord Allan Velasco and Eric Yap want NAIA to be renamed Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas. Many are opposed to the proposed new name because it is difficult to spell, pronounce and remember, especially for the hundreds of international pilots that will have to communicate with the air control tower as well as non Tagalog-speaking tourists and visitors to the Philippines.
Enter Senator Risa Hontiveros who proposed an alternate name that she says will be very easy to remember: MARIA.
It stands for Maria Angelita Ressa International Airport, named after the notorious Filipino American journalist, Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ and self-proclaimed vanguard of Press Freedom.
“Honoring Ressa will show our country’s commitment to uphold Freedom of Speech while recognizing the Rappler CEO’s protracted battle against any curtailment of the rights of the Fourth Estate,” Hontiveros said.
Ready for landing in Manila? Fasten your seatbelts. We’re now approaching MARIA!