MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines is known for its penchant for beauty queen titles — like Miss Universe or Miss World — but there is also no shortage of other queenly titles in this nation of more than 100 million people.
For those who are old enough to remember, singer Pilita Corrales was acclaimed as “Asian’s Queen of Song.” For millennials, former presidential sister and television talk show host Kris Aquino was known as the “Queen of All Media.” The Philippines itself has been referred to as “Queen of the Pacific.”
Now, the Philippines has just crowned a new “queen.”
Her name is Raissa Robles, self-confessed investigative journalist. She has just been named “Queen of Intrigue.”
And rightly so.
In just the last few weeks, Robles took to her Twitter account to sow intrigue.
She just posted that if Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago — who passed away from cancer just a few hours ago — had been elected president, her vice presidential running mate Bongbong Marcos would now be president. Except that it was Leni Robredo who was elected VP.
She also previously posted an intriguing observation (suggested by one of her fanatics) that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte may be sporting the exact same tattoo on his left hand as self-confessed killer and Senate “extra-judicial killing” hearing witness Edgar Matobato.
And speaking of congressional hearings, Robles also took to Twitter to express her admiration for one of the inmate witnesses during the House of Representatives hearing on the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison — Herbert Colangco. Robles found Colango to be “handsome.”
We congratulate Robles for her well-deserved title. She certainly sees a lot of things through her yellow lenses that most of us don’t.
Now we now what IJ stands for. Not Investigate Journalist. But Intrigue Journalist.