Vice President Leni Robredo wants the use of sirens banned for government officials so they will know how hard it is to be stuck in traffic with other commuters and motorists.

Robredo sees politikos’ use of ‘wang wang’ as insult: Parang sinasabi, ‘lakad lang namin importante’

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Vice President Leni Robredo wants the use of sirens banned for government officials so they will know how hard it is to be stuck in traffic with other commuters and motorists.

Robredo expressed dislike for the use of sirens, known as “wang wang” in the vernacular, on her weekly radio show, “Biserbisyong Leni.”

“Ang sabi ko, sobrang insulto iyon, iyong wang-wang, kasi parang sinasabi mo, ‘Iyong mga lakad niyo hindi importante; lakad ko lang iyong importante,'” she said.

“Kapag parating ganito iyong kalakaran ng government officials, talagang paano mo mararamdaman iyong bigat na dinadala ng ating mga kababayan?” the Vice President added.

Robredo said that even though she’s the Vice President, there were times when her convoy wasn’t spared from being forced to give way to vehicles using sirens.

She said government officials should lead in showing the public there are traffic rules that must be followed.

“Sana iyong mga nagwa-wang-wang, huwag nang mag-wang-wang,” Robredo said.

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Recto gives DepEd ‘homework’: Set up face-to-face class trials in Covid-free areas

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Thursday gave an “assignment” for the Department of Education: Set up laboratory schools that will test the safety of limited face-to-face classes.

“That is the science lesson DepEd should study,” he said, adding that “debates on whether to open classes should now move from theory to trials.”

He called on the education department to work with the Department of Health, local government chiefs, Local School Boards, and “the country’s best scientific minds” to design several “classroom settings safe for our children and teachers.”

“For example, begin with 10 students in a room that is well ventilated. Tapos, mask lahat. Constant handwashing. Temperature check. And instead of whole day in school, cut it to half, and limit to 2-3 times a week. Teachers with medical clearance. Kumpleto ang safeguards. Will this work?” Recto said.

He said these “closely monitored trial classes” can be held in Covid-free areas, possibly in remote barangays or self-contained communities which have not recorded a single case of Covid-19 in months.

“One third ng mga towns, walang Covid case. Yung mga schools sa maliliit na isla na hindi labas-pasok ang mga tao, hindi ba pwede simulan doon? Ito yung tinatawag nila na granular and customized approach. Because a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work,” Recto said.

He said that to give participants “peace of mind”, government should guarantee the full cost of hospitalization, “under an insurance package worth millions.”

Recto said only volunteers should participate, “walang pilitan, because what we want is a community project and not something that is imposed by the government.”

No personal knowledge: Roque insists he’s not privy to Tulfo claim on Sinopharm vaccines

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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday insisted that he was not privy to what former Special Envoy to China Ramon Tulfo claimed that thousands of government officials already received shots of Sinopharm’s coronavirus vaccine last year.

In his televised briefing, Roque said he did not want to comment on something that he had no idea about.

“I have no personal knowledge tungkol sa mga bagay-bagay na sinasabi ni Mon Tulfo,” the Palace official said during a televised briefing.

“Ang malinaw po, si Mon Tulfo na ang naglinaw, hindi na po siya special envoy to China, and he’s no longer covered by the anti-graft laws of the country,” he also said.

Tulfo earlier admitted to receiving shots of a China-made Covid-19 vaccine from a friend who smuggled it into the country.

The columnist said “thousands” of officials from the executive, legislative, military, police and local government were also vaccinated.

Sinopharm has yet to apply for an emergency use authorization before the Food and Drug Administration.

‘Justice will be done’: Duterte ‘concerned’ by PNP-PDEA shootout in Quezon City

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President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed sadness and concern over the shooting incident between members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Quezon City.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte assured an impartial investigation into the incident and that justice will be done.

Two policemen were killed and four others injured following a buy-bust operation at a fast food restaurant beside the Ever Gotesco Mall on Commonwealth Avenue.

“The President, of course, expressed both sadness and concern bakit nangyari nga ito kapwa tao ng gobyerno ay nagkaputukan. Ang inassure niya ay we will get to the bottom of this incident. Magakakroon po ng impartial investigation at justice will be done,” said Roque.

“We are confident that with the PNP and the PDEA forming an investigation panel and Justice Secretary ordering the NBI to conduct its own parallel investigation that we will know the truth behind this incident,” he also said.

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