During His High School Years, Ted Cruz Was Eliminated In The First Round of Spelling Bee Contest

imageWASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – Republican Senator Ted Cruz could become the next president of the United States. But would America want a president who can’t even spell correctly?

The Adobo Chronicles uncovered a fact which showed that in his high school years, Cruz participated  in the local Texas edition of The Spelling Bee, where he was eliminated in the first round of the contest. He failed to correctly spell the word “philanthropy.”

Well, it looks like to this day, Cruz hasn’t kept up with his spelling skills, as shown by his latest campaign ad (see photo) where he incorrectly spelled a simple basic word, “country.”

It’s so patetic.

Philippines To Erect A New Statue Of Libelty

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – There’s a new icon of civil rights that’s emerging in the Philippines, especially among politicians. It’s the Filipino version of America’s Statue of Liberty.

The local version is called the Statue of Libelty, a supposed symbol of politicians’ right to be immune from criticism and public scrutiny. This right empowers politicians to sue anyone who ‘maligns their good moral character.’

It is known that Vice President Jejomar Binay’s son Junjun — the ex-mayor of Makati City — had filed a libel complaint against Senator Antonio  Trillanes IV. The libel complaint stemmed from an allegation by Trillanes that Binay bribed two Court of Appeals (CA) justices to rule in favor of granting the latter a temporary restraining order (TRO) and writ of preliminary injunction against the preventive suspension order slapped by the Office of the Ombudsman last year.

Late last year, the vice president himself also filed libel cases against Trillanes and former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado in the Makati Regional Trial Court over their “false, malicious and defamatory accusations” against him. VP Binay has been accused of receiving kickbacks in a deal involving the Boy Scouts of the Philippines by Mercado, and through nonexistent senior citizen beneficiaries of Makati City by Trillanes.

And now, Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has threatened to sue Rappler and one of its columnists if the news site does not take down an opinion piece on the P1 billion allocation for contraceptives that was removed from the national budget.

(Yes, it is the same Sotto who, in 2012, was accused of plagiarizing the speech of former President John F. Kennedy and used his words as his own in a speech in the Senate against the RH (reproductive health) bill.

In a letter dated February 2, Sotto who is running for reelection this year, also asked Rappler to “sanction” Thought Leaders writer Dr Sylvia Estrada Claudio “for her libelous statements” in her January 18 piece, ‘Magnanakaw’ sa Senado.

A review of past libel cases also show that former First Gentleman Jose Miguel  Arroyo had filed a flurry of libel cases against 43 journalists during the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo,  according to the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP).

With libel cases seemingly becoming extremely popular among Filipino politicians, sculptors have been invited to submit designs for a statue that will be erected next to that of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal in Luneta (Rizal Park). The winning design is pictured above.

It wasn’t clear who ordered the erection of the new statue. We have an idea, but will not mention any names, lest we be charged with libel.

Donald Trump Finds A Vice Presidential Running Mate In Martin Shkreli

imageCONCORD, New Hampshire (The Adobo Chronicles) – Despite his second-place finish in last week’s Iowa Caucuses, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is confident he will win his party’s nomination for the 2016 elections.  To reinforce his confidence, he has named his vice presidential running mate.  Martin Shkreli.

Shkreli is an American entrepreneur and financial and pharmaceutical executive. He is co-founder of the hedge fund MSMB Capital Management, co-founder and former chief executive officer (CEO) of the biotechnology firm Retrophin LLC, and founder and former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals AG. In September 2015, Shkreli received widespread criticism when Turing obtained the manufacturing license for the antiparasitic drug Daraprim and raised its price by 5,556 percent (from US$13.50 to US$750 per tablet).

On December 17, 2015, Shkreli was arrested by the FBI on charges of securities fraud and released on bail.

This week, Shkreli testified before Congress and his performance impressed The Donald.

“I like this guy. He is not intimidated by anyone, not even by members of Congress.  Just like me,” Trump said.

Today in New Hampshire, while campaigning for next week’s primary, Trump officially named Shkreli as his VP running mate, saying that the “pharma bro” exudes the kind of tough, shrewd, fearless Washington outsider that  America needs to make the country great again. “He even has the same smirk as I do,” Trump added.

Birds of the same feather flock together.

 

 

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