The Week Inside Manila: Facebook Messenger's 'Unsend' Feature, Measles Outbreak, Safe Spaces Act, and More
by Inside Manila Team, February 08, 2019 6:45pm
This week inside Manila News Round Up
February's first week is up and the month welcomed us with shocking and pleasing news—there is no in between.
Here’s what went down this week:
Facebook Messenger Now Has An 'Unsend Feature'
Goodbye, wrong sent messages!
We have finally reached an era where wrong-sent (often embarrassing) messages are gone as if it wasn't sent at all!
On Wednesday, Facebook rolled out its ‘unsend feature’; it has two options, users can delete messages either sent to an individual or group chat within a 10-minute window, once deleted, people in the conversation will be notified that a message has been removed.
This feature is available both in the latest version of Messenger on IOS and Android.
DOH Declares Measles Outbreak in NCR
The DOH Epidemiology Bureau reports that from January 1 to 19, the number of measles cases in NCR has reached 196—higher than the cases recorded during the same period in 2018. San Lazaro Hospital works as one of the DOH’s referral centers for infectious diseases receives an average of 48 measles cases every day.
Measles is a “highly contagious respiratory diseases caused by a virus” which can transfer from one person to another by sneezing, coughing, and close contacts, DOH warned. With this, the DOH urged the public to bring all suspected measles cases to the nearest health facility for early treatment and proper case management.
Senate OKs Bicam Report on Safe Spaces Act
No more “Hey sexy” and “Psst Miss”
Rejoice! Senate finally approved the bicameral conference committee report on the Safe Spaces Act—a proposed law aiming to protect Filipinos from any unwanted sexual actions or remarks, like catcalling.
Senator Risa Hontiveros hopes the bill will "plug gaps" in the existing law so people at work, school, or within the community will feel safe from abusers and harassers.
Goodbye, catcallers!— risa hontiveros (@risahontiveros) February 6, 2019
Finally signed the bicam report for the Safe Spaces Bill, mga mahal! This will address gaps in our current laws, an anti-sexual harassment law that covers harassment in streets and public spaces and peer-to-peer relations. Pirma na lang, batas na! pic.twitter.com/62bZXFCKci
New Emojis to roll out this year
It includes a yawning emoji, can relate
59 new emojis with over 230 options will be available to both Apple and Android users this March 2019 according to United Consortium. Updated colorways, a variety of female-inclined, and inclusive icons: persons with disabilities, inter-racial couples, and gender identity. Other new symbols include waffle, sloth, and a contentious one-piece bathing suit—we can’t wait for the latest update!
Bottled water, cologne, other liquids banned on MRT, LRT
For a safer journey.
Management of Metro Manila Rail Transit System and Light Rail Transit line 2 on Thursday implemented a ban on bottled water, cologne, mouthwash, and other forms of liquid.
Additional security measure was put in place following the recent bombing in Jolo that killed 23 people. In a statement, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said: “bottled drinks, water, and any liquid substance” can be mixed to form a liquid bomb.
Baby formulas, drinking water for small children, medications, drinking liquids for people with disabilities, life-support liquids, and other medical items are allowed inside the train station.
The DOTr asked the public for deeper understanding and cooperation.
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