Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The Philippine Department of Health has placed Malacañang, the presidential palace, under quarantine after President Aquino and his staff suddenly started becoming ill.
First, it was presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda, then Aquino, then media relations undersecretary Rey Marfil. Soon, most other staff person at the palace complained about being sick.
Department of Health Secretary Dr. Enrique Ona said that all their symptoms follow the same pattern. First, they start sneezing then coughing. “It’s definitely more than just the ordinary flu,” Ona said. “We had no choice but to quarantine all the occupants of the palace in the interest of public health and safety.”
Aquino and his staff began exhibiting symptoms right after they were challenged to douse themselves with a bucket of ice as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. “It’s better for us to err on the side of extreme caution and not accept the challenge,” Aquino said. He didn’t say whether he and his staff were donating instead.
The Philippine government has asked the help of the World Health Organization (WHO) to help contain what seems to be a serious epidemic in Malacañang.