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Bongbong Marcos’ Greatest Worry for Seafarers!

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By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos

We MUST have a plan. We should at least try.

Recovery Plan for Seafarers

Former Senator Bongbong Marcos recognizes the plight of seafarers who experience being stranded at sea with ample uncertainties. Their ships are unable to dock for months due to Coronavirus port restrictions. They are also subject to many days of quarantine upon arrival. The waiting is not even over yet. No jobs are in store for them yet at least for one or two years. Marcos urges the government to have at least a plan for their recovery. His greatest worry is mental illness among them because of depression and anxiety.

Kindness Crucial

Marcos also stresses that the community of these hard-working individuals must at least extend kindness. Perhaps fetching and sending them to their households can be done – just to ease up their burden. We shall remember that during good old days, they are reliable providers to their families and to the economy as a whole.

Mental Illness is More Likely

Not knowing the directions in life can put anyone into restlessness. Too many worries then lead to anxiety and depression later on. It’s more likely that mental illness can be rampant within these affected seafarers. The support of the Filipino society is much needed in times like this. Therefore on June 25, the day of the seafarers, let’s be extra kind to them, Marcos added.

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The First Thing that Bongbong Marcos Wants to do After Going Out of Coronavirus Isolation

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By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by Elena Grace Flores

BBM Can See His Family Soon after Coronavirus Isolation

Bongbong Marcos’ Simple Wants

Bongbong Marcos tells Choy Torralba that he will be out of isolation soon. He is adamant to see his family and friends again at close range. They might be in the same house with some of his immediate family members but he made it a point to keep a safe distance to avoid any chance of passing the Coronavirus infection to his loved ones.

Goodbye Boyish Looks

Torralba jokes that the boyish look of Marcos is already gone together with Coronavirus. He now looks like one Garcia actor. The namesake of the late President Ferdinand Marcos blames it for the lack of appetite. He said that it was really difficult to eat nutritious foods during his ordeal. His throat just feels like it’s covered with sand.

Out of Isolation Soon

He may already be out of isolation at this time of writing. However, he still needs to be careful. Marcos would surely donate his plasma when the doctor advises him that it would be safe to do so. The 2022 plan is certainly on track! Sorry to the detractors.

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The Coronavirus Supplement of Bongbong Marcos that Most People Ignore


By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by Elena Grace Flores

Vitamin C is Vital in Bongbong Marcos’ Covid-19 Recovery

Bongbong Marcos’ Treatment

BBM Talks to DYRF’s Choy Torralba about the medications taken to help ease his Coronavirus infection.

A Great Deal of Medications and Supplement

Marcos attests that there were many antiviral drugs given to him. However, his doctor was so keen on considering their side effects. Those that are not good for the heart are not one of them. Marcos stresses out that all throughout his ordeal, Vitamin C is a vital intravenous component for his supplement. It is crucial for his immune system.

Vitamin C Supplements

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. It is necessary for the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues. It’s a vital element in many body functions. This includes the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, and wound healing. It is crucial in the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth as well.

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Senator Imee Marcos Reveals her Brother’s Survival Diet, Etc.


By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by Imee Marcos

Senator Imee Marcos with Jorge Bandiola & Willie Delgado on Straight to the Point at DZXL

Bongbong Marcos’ Survival Diet

Senator Imee Marcos reveals in an interview that her brother, Bongbong Marcos now starts to gain weight. She’s happy to announce that he already has the appetite to eat “pinakbet.” She also said that there’s a great advantage living in the province of Ilocos Norte during the coronavirus crisis. The harvests are abundant so, there’s an overwhelming supply of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Senator Imee Marcos talks about the COVID-free provinces in the North and how farmers are coping with their harvests in view of the lockdown with broadcasters Jorge Bandiola and Willie Delgado on their program Straight to the Point at DZXL on April 21.

The Senator was also asked about the resignation of NEDA secretary Ernesto Pernia, the role of LGUs in the distribution of government aid, and the availability of rapid testing kits, among others.

Logistics Problem in Transporting Supplies

Senator Marcos also clarifies that despite the good produce in her province, the farmers are sad because they cannot sell to Manila. They cannot make money as much as they need to. The transport system is very difficult for the agricultural sector nowadays. However, the solution to this problem should arise during the modified ECQ in some cities in the metropolitan Manila.

Modified ECQ is GCQ

The modified ECQ can finally allow a healthy diet to the metropilitan dwellers that do not have Covid-19 outbreaks. Under a modified ECQ, public transportation within is allowed provided that the residents observe social or physical distancing.
In areas under GCQ, the agriculture, fisheries, food manufacturing, food retail, logistics, and media industries may resume full operations.

The manufacturing of electronics and exports, e-commerce and delivery, repair and maintenance services, housing, and office services may also resume 50 to 100 percent of their operations.

In the financial services, business process outsourcing, and other non-leisure wholesale and retail trade and services, 50 percent onsite work and 50 percent work from the home arrangement must be observed.

Public transportation may also resume at a reduced capacity in provinces under GCQ.

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Will a Golden-Ager Forget the Name, Ferdinand Marcos When It Comes to Nutribun?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by birador HQ

SMC Brings Back Nutribun

San Miguel Corporation rekindles the production of vitamin-packed Nutribun. This is for distribution to charitable groups and critical Metro Manila communities. Priorities are families that have either no access to, or unable to afford, food amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Ferdinand Marcos and Nutribun

A golden-ager pro or anti – Ferdinand Marcos can automatically recall that the Nutribun is classic when it comes to the nutritional provision in schools during the late President Marcos regime. The ingredients originally came from USAID. The Marcos administration produces the bread in 1975. Scientists from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University during the late 1960s and early 1970s put this together. This is to overcome childhood malnutrition in the Philippines.

Mayors Adopted the Nutribun Concept

Mayors Isko Moreno of Manila and Marcelino Teodoro of Marikina revive the Nutribun concept earlier on. Yorme as Mayor Isko is popularly known said that the power bread serves as his motivation to attend school classes every day from Monday to Friday. A worthwhile memory that he can share with the children of his constituents today.

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DOH Cebu Official Shows How Important Social Media is for Covit-19 Monitoring


By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by SunStar Web TV
Mandaue City logs first covid-19 case; PH’s total now at 202

The DOH Official Must Embrace Social Media

A DOH official in Cebu urges people during a press conference not to use Facebook to avoid panic. Little did he knew that the DOH tracker automatically sent a notification that one case of a covit-19 test is already confirmed positive. He apologizes later on saying that he was not informed. This is a clear example of why a government official must embrace technology to monitor and disseminate crucial information properly and efficiently in real-time.

Not Innovative Enough

The governor of Cebu, Gwen Garcia tries to stop the panic during a press conference with an unreliable source of information. She refers to the DOH official next to her who confirms that the Facebook post about one Covit-19 positive case in Cebu is allegedly fake news. Only to apologize later on that it is indeed true. The actual source is the DOH tracker website that the official obviously did not subscribe to.

Use Social Media Wisely

The DOH official even urges people not to use Facebook to stop the worries. However, people are now worried because of such an inefficient move. How can the DOH be on top of the situation when this official is the last one to know about the severity of the pandemic? This is a huge problem affecting the world. Why on earth do some officials think that Cebu will be spared from this outbreak when the province is a tourism destination? Early isolation is the key if it is not yet too late. Wake up, Cebuanos!

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The Archdiocese of Cebu Heeds Gov. Garcia’s Call to Suspend Masses

Archdiocese of Cebu

By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by Elena Grace Flores
Will Church Leaders Follow the Pope’s Example and Comply with the Governor’s Call?

The Governor’s Call to Church Leaders

Cebu City Governor Gwen Garcia calls on the church leaders to apply precautionary measures to fight against the spread of coronavirus. This coincides with the WHO’s projection that if Filipinos continue to behave like as if the coronavirus pandemic will not affect them, the contamination cases will reach 75,000 in the Philippines alone. As a predominantly Catholic province, it is hard to imagine that Cebu would immediately suspend the holy mass celebrations especially on Sundays but the Archdiocese of Cebu led by Archbishop Jose Palma complies with the government’s plea to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.

The 3 Highlights of Archbishop Palma’s Press Conference

1. Even if there are cancellation of PUBLIC LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS, the priests will still CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE MASSES WITHOUT THE PEOPLE (Missa Sine Populo). AND THE MASSES ARE ENCOURAGED TO BE AIRED ON SOCIAL MEDIA. It does not mean, “no more masses.” And this is very important that we need to know. Please share this because people might just simply say: “masses are canceled.”
3. THE DECISION OF THE ARCHBISHOP COMES FROM THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF HEALTH EXPERTS AND THE GOVERNMENT. THEY HAVE GIVEN VERY STRONG GROUNDS. Understanding Dr. Bryan Albert Lim (from Microbiology and Infectious Diseases), he said that the best way to contain the virus – for now – is through social distancing and proper hygiene.

Quik to Respond Parishes

The Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is quick enough to announce their guidelines for the religious activities following the governor’s request on social media. Then updates follow based on the pronouncements of Archbishop Palma. The Basilica del Sto. Nino church also made its directives known to their parishioners online.

Here are the guidelines of the Lourdes Parish:
1. All Holy Masses (even on Sunday) will be suspended until further notice. Masses will still continue through online. This will be our schedule for Daily online Masses.. 6:30 am. 12n. 6 pm
Sunday online schedule:
6:30 am, Fr. Dan. 8 am, Fr. Joriz.
10:30 am, Fr. Randy. 3 pm, Fr. Keith.
6 pm, Fr. Arvin
We shall be posting all our Daily & Sunday Online Masses at our New Official FB page: Lourdes Shine Cebu. Please invite yourselves to this page.
2. Funeral Masses may be celebrated but limited only to the immediate family.
3. We encourage Baptism & Marriage to be deferred, but if not it will be administered with a limited number of persons.
4. All Religious Gatherings will be canceled like Fiesta, Processions, Recollection, Meetings or Formation to comply with Social Distancing policies.
5. Holy Week Services might proceed without the congregation. But we will use digital technology so as not to deprive the parishioners of these services.
6. Our Church will remain open for prayers. But the Adoration Chapel will be temporarily closed.
7. Our Church Bells will ring at 12n & 8 pm to signal prayers for the frontline health workers and for this virus to cease.
8. All Church facilities will be temporarily closed until further notice.

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Will Church Leaders Follow the Pope’s Example and Comply with the Governor’s Call?


By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by Evening Standard
The Pope calls for prayers for Covid-19 sufferers during live-streamed Mass

The Example of the Pope

Pope Francis holds private daily mass from his residence inside the Vatican. It has a livestream coverge. The pontiff decides not to hold regular mass in public. The Pope’s decision is to help prevent crowds from gathering as a precaution against the spread of the novel coronavirus. His regular online mass aims is to create closeness with those who suffer from the pandemic. “Let’s continue to pray together for the sick people, the health workers, so many people that are suffering from this epidemic,” said the pontiff at the beginning of the mass celebrated from the Casa Santa Marta residence. The livestream of the private morning liturgy will continue every day, according to the Vatican.

The Governor’s Call

Cebu City Governor Gwen Garcia calls on the church leaders to apply precautionary measures to fight against the spread of coronavirus. She discourages group gatherings and encourages social distancing as much as possible. Both personalities are not imposing tough policies to punish those who do not follow. But only people with common sense can realize the severity of the situation.

Not an Order but a Request

The church always gives its followers the option to decide on what road to take when a situation arises. Nevertheless, since the Pope already set an example to his faithful, church leaders must have the wisdom to follow through. If only they can track the updates worldwide, then there would be no excuse for them to have blind faith.

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Bongbong Marcos is Thumbs Up to Motel-Goer Senior Citizens

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By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos
Senior Citizens | Bongbong Marcos

Talking about the Senior Citizens

Tayong mga Pilipino ay malaki ang respeto at pagpapahalaga sa mga nakatatanda. Kaya’t sa panahong ito ng paglaganap ng COVID-19, dapat masiguro ang kanilang kaligtasan.

Old People’s Home

Bongbong Marcos narrates his mother’s own experience. Then First Lady Imelda Marcos said that she failed only in the Old People’s Home project. This is because Filipinos prefer to take care of their elders at home. Not to separate in them in the home of the aged facilities and later forget about them just like in some other cultures. Seniors citizens serve as the guide for the young Filipinos and a source of wisdom for those who are willing to listen to them.

Longetivity is Enhanced

Marcos also observes that the Filipino life span increases. This can be the result of improved medical care. As a senior citizen himself, he knows the advantages given by the government to this age group. There’s a 20% discount on all goods that are vatable. Hotels and restaurants are also included in this long list of establishments. He is not sure if motels are in the list – but he’s thumbs up to those 60 years old folks and over who are still sexually active.

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Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia: Not a Lockdown (But Lockin?)

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By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by Elena Grace Flores
Gov. Gwen Garcia: Not a Lockdown (But a Lockin?)

Not a Lockdown

Governor Gwen Garcia said that the travel restriction is not a lockdown. The people can still travel out of the province — they just cannot go back in. So, categorically, it’s a lockin. She added that the provincial government is still awaits for new guidelines from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infection Diseases before taking any action on international flights.

The Military is in Full Force

The Central Visayas police will monitor the boundaries of Cebu. Central Visayas police chief BGen. Albert Ferro assures that they have enough policemen to deploy at all seaports and at the airport.

No Confirmed Coronavirus Cases but Many are Under Observation

Of the 52 persons under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 in Central Visayas, 37 are in Mandaue City. This is the report of the regional health officials last March 12 yet. The Department of Health in Central Visayas said the 37 persons who were exhibiting flu-like symptoms, are a mix of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), foreign tourists, and those who had no history of travel abroad. The OFWs exhibited symptoms after coming back to the Philippines from countries with COVID-19 cases. Is it possible that there are no confirmed cases because there are no testing kits available yet?

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