BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio City Bureau) – There are indications that the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) which includes Baguio City, could revert to the stricter General Community Quarantine (GCQ) because of, among other things, the rise in new Covid-19 cases.
Sources close to Mayor Benjie Magalang (also the IATF’s Contact Tracing Czar) told The Adobo Chronicles that the city is considering banning Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, who claims to be from Baguio,, from visiting the city, should GCQ is reimposed.
The sources said that Roque is known for violating quarantine and health protocol regulations including swimming with dolphins, karaoke singing in Baguio, and delivering a speech before a Cebu crowd that didn’t observe physical distancing.
Mayor Magalong is said to be very uncomfortable having Roque come to Baguio because of said violations, and endanger the health and lives of the city’s residents.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines’ Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has tried everything to mitigate the continued spread of the coronavirus — from mandating face masks and face shields, to limiting transport and indoor capacities, to banning Christmas caroling and karaoke singing. Not to mention the motorcycle barriers. What else is left to regulate?
Leave it to the retired generals, technocrats and politicians in the IATF to think of the next move.
Today, IATF has issued a new order that imposes a minimum of six feet (2 meters) distance between motor vehicles plying the country’s roads and highways, with violators caught on CCTV facing fines, jail time or both.
Spokesperson Harry Roque told The Adobo Chronicles that the IATF believes keeping the said distance between vehicles will significantly reduce the chances of the virus being spread from person to person.
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) praised the IATF move, saying that it will also solve the traffic problem that it has never solved for many decades. “We will never see EDSA and other roadways bumper to bumper again,” said MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago.