Duterte Says Leni Robredo Not A Cabinet Member, Not A Czar

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – One of the privileges enjoyed by President Rodrigo Duerte, or any President for that matter, is to be able to change his mind.

When Duterte appointed Vice President Leni Robredo as Co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs (ICAD), it was with the understanding that the position would be of Cabinet rank.

But that’s all gone now.

Duterte said that Robredo is not a Cabinet member.

In making the announcement, the President pointed to Robredo’s penchant for talking — as she has been talking (and talking) to various groups, including foreign officials and agencies since her appointment as “Drug Czar.”  The President does not want her to be talking (and talking) about confidential matters taken up at Cabinet meetings.

In speaking with The Adobo Chronicles, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that Duterte has also changed his mind about Robredo’s title of “Drug Czar.”

”There can only be one King, one Queen, or one Czar,” Panelo said, “and since Robredo’s designation is as “Co-chair” we can’t call her a Czar. Suffice it to say that we should call her “Co-chair.”

It looks like the VP’s title as Czar is mere “charot.” (Joke)


Philippine National Police Wants Drug Czar Leni Robredo Out!

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In the first few weeks since Vice President Leni Robredo was designated as Co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs (ICAD), the “drug czar” has dipped her lugaw (rice porridge)-tasting finger into almost everything.

She has demanded to be provided with secret lists and data, asked for an increased budget, convened unauthorized meetings with foreign agencies, and practically assumed the law enforcement function related to the war on drugs.

The primary enforcer of the war on drugs, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has had it with Robredo and wants her out!

But in its fact-checking investigation of the PNP’s statement, The Adobo Chronicles has confirmed that the police agency was misquoted by the news media.  What it said was that it wanted Robredo “out of enforcement.”

Disappointing but we needed to get the facts straight.


Maria Ressa, The Adobo Chronicles’ ‘Person of the Year’

SAN JOSE, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Jose Bureau) – It’s that time of year when leading international magazines choose their “Person of the Year,” and The Adobo Chronicles  (AC) is no exception.

The AC Editorial Board is proud to announce our “Person of the Year,” Rappler CEO Maria Ressa.  Not that she needs any more accolades.  Too many of the Western media have bought into her lies about the Philippines, the Duterte administration, and about her career and business venture. But what is one more award? It makes for a good addition to Ressa’s useless collection.

In naming her “Person of the Year,” the Board unanimously agreed that no other so-called journalist has achieved the kind of stature she has — her imaginary struggles against the suppression of Press Freedom, her fight against the law which has been weaponized to silence her and her online news outfit, her being a victim of harassment and intimidation.

But what sealed the deal for the Board to give her this honor was her recent proclamation that the Philippines under Duterte is the worst war zone she has ever been in.  Nevermind that her “fellow” journalists at the National Press Club, Manila Times columnist (and former diplomat) Rigoberto Tiglao, and international journalists who have covered the news in the Philippines have all dismissed Ressa’s allegations.

For being a warmonger in her imaginary war zone, The Adobo Chronicles names Maria Ressa 2010 Person of the Year!


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