The Department of Health has warned against eating raw meat and exotic food as the spread of a new coronavirus has so far killed dozens in China.

Public warned vs eating raw meat, exotic food: Maraming mga sakit ang nagsimula sa hayop

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By Prince Golez

The Department of Health has warned against eating raw meat and exotic food as the spread of a new coronavirus has so far killed dozens in China.

Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday cautioned the public against the eating of dogs, cats, rats, snakes, and lizards.

“Siyempre yun pong aso hindi mo alam kung may rabbies, pusa. Of course, wala pa akong alam na kumakain ng paniki. Alam ko ang daga kinakain yung mga sa agricultural lands. Dapat po itigil natin ito. Kung hindi maiwasan, yung mga ahas, meron po talagang kinakain, yung mga bayawak kinakain, ginagawa adobo,” said Duque in a media briefing in Malacañang.

“Kailangang iluto mo dahil sensitive naman itong mga coronaviruses sa init. So, pagka 53 degrees Centigrade they will be neutralized. So dapat po ito talagang ihanda ito ng maayos. Wag kakain ng hilaw. Rule number, never eat raw meat. Maraming pwedeng sakit pong ibigay yan sa atin,” he added.

The health official said that diseases can be transmitted between animals and humans.

“Marami pong mga sakit ang tao na nagsimula po sa hayop, yung zoonotic transmission kung tawagin. ‘Yan pong SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), nanggaling po sa civet cats. Ang HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)/AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) nanggaling sa mga chimpanzees. Ang ASF (African swine fever) galing po sa baboy. Ang MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus), originally from the bats tapos pumunta sa camel,” he explained.

The outbreak of coronavirus began in Wuhan City and is believed to have originated from bats.

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Videos of abuse taken out of context? Dismissed envoy says case mishandled

Former ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro, who was dismissed for supposedly maltreating her helper said Wednesday she was denied due process and her case was “railroaded” and “mishandled.”

In a 5-page statement, Mauro claimed “there were heavy deficiencies committed by the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) Hearing Panel.”

“For some reasons, the DFA Hearing Panel totally disregarded the documentary evidence that my lawyers and I have painstakingly gathered, reviewed and submitted to them,” Mauro said.

She added: “The case was railroaded to the point that important pieces of evidence were deliberately not given due attention.”

Mauro was caught on video while assaulting her 51-year old Filipina helper inside the diplomatic residence.

Over the weekend, President Rodrigo Duterte said he has approved the dismissal of Mauro from the Philippine Foreign Service, and the recommended accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification of holding public office and bar from taking civil service examination.

Mauro said she was deeply saddened to learn about her dismissal through media reports and that it “pains” her that the penalty was recommended and imposed “despite the explanation and contextualization of what actually transpired.”

“I completely regret the incidents in the videos and the shame it has brought upon the Department of Foreign Affairs… I want to reassure the public that I have made amends and have deeply regretted my behavior,” she said.

“I have asked my kasambahay’s forgiveness, which she has given.”

She went on to claim that she has been treating her helper as a family member as has been in her family’s employ on and off for over 30 years.

“My kasambahay has always considered this a family matter to be resolved within the family. Her silence and refusal to appear before the public despite heavy encouragement to do so is testament to her desire to keep this matter within the family,” she said.

Despite the helper’s refusal to lodge formal charges, Mauro said the still actively pursued the helper and recommended her dismissal.

The diplomat also claimed that the videos were “taken out of context and created a negative public impression” that judged her character.

She also disclosed her plan to bring her case to the court to “obtain an unbiased judgment.”

Gatchalian presses for urgent start to learning recovery

Senator Win Gatchalian on Wednesday urged the government to implement immediately the pilot testing of localized limited face-to-face classes to “hasten learning recovery.”

“Kahit tuluyan na nating masugpo ang Covid-19, patuloy pa rin tayo sa pagtugon sa mga pinsalang dinulot ng kawalan ng face-to-face classes,” the chair of the Senate basic education committee said.

“Bukod sa pag-urong ng kaalaman, kabilang din dito ang pag-akyat ng mga kaso ng karahasan, pang-aabuso, at ang pagdami ng mga batang ina,” Gatchalian said.

On Tuesday, the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 663 recommending the resumption of physical learning through the immediate launch of the pilot testing of localized limited face-to-face classes in low-risk areas identified by the Department of Education (DepEd).

The adopted resolution notes that the participation of learners will be voluntary and with express permission by their parents or guardians.

It will also help the DepEd, in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), in setting specific standards and health protocols.

These include the provision of safe learning facilities and public health supplies such as adequate supply of safe water, sanitation areas, hand washing stations, soap, alcohol, and other cleaning materials.

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