A restaurant owner has aired her exasperation at the government’s flip-flopping and last minute announcements on community quarantine classifications in Metro Manila.
Inchang Mendoza said the Inter-Agency Task Force is toying with people’s lives, incomes, and jobs as they suddenly took back the earlier decision to deescalate Metro Manila into general community quarantine by Sept. 8.
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos first took back the statement and said the region will be under GCQ with heightened restrictions. Hours later, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said NCR will be status quo and will remain under MECQ until Sept. 15 instead.
“Ung nagpa-meeting ka, tapos nagpa general cleaning nadin para nga sana bukas! At bumili na din ng daan daan kilo pork, chicken and beef – ending last minute iannounce na na MECQ ulit,” Mendoza wrote, sharing photos of her workers and even their inventory that might go stale.
“Dear Goverment, maawa naman kayo sa mga taong sobrang naapektuhan n nag tratrabaho ng maayos,” she added. “Sa totoo hindi ako naawa sa sarili ko dahil may pang-fallback akong Shopee. Naawa ako sa mga employee ko na hindi na makapagtrabaho ng maayos!!!”
With Metro Manila remaining under MECQ, restaurants like Mendoza’s are barred from accepting dine-in customers and can only prepare food for takeout.
A year ago, Mendoza said in a Facebook post that she’s fine with obeying authorities for the greater good. She said she was puzzled why many people were angry at President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Bakit ang daming may galit kay Duterte curious lang ako??!!! (hindi ako pro or anti duterte ah) ni hidi nga din ako botante ehat never pa ako naka boto sa buong buhay ko… tapos may lamang pa ung mga wala naman talagang inambag sa Gobyerno kung maka salita wagas [annoyed face emoji] ako nga 7 digits na nga naimabga ko sa mga taxe ko quiet lang akao eh. Sumusunod n lang ako kung ano ikakabuti,” she said in a Facebook post dated April 7, 2020.