Philippine President Duterte To Launch New Extra-Judicial Campaign

EJD faces full force of the law (Photo: Internet grab)

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Ignoring world-wide concern and criticism regarding extra-judicial killings (EJK) in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has issued a new executive order in support of his campaign to rid the country of crime, drugs and any form of threats to peace and order.

Titled, ‘An Act To Criminalize EJD,’ the executive order gives full authority to the Philippine National Police to jail — even without any warrant of arrest — any Filipino or foreign citizen caught sleeping or passing out in public after excessive drinking of alcohol.

EJD stands for “extra-judicial drinking.”

So if you’re gonna drink, don’t leave home.  Stay in or face the full force of the law.


New Competition Segment For 2017 Miss Universe Pageant In Manila

Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach sans makeup

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – When the 2017 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant unfolds in Manila next January, a new competition segment will make its debut.

There’s the national costume competition, swimsuit competition, evening gown competition and the Q&A portion.

Now, for the first time ever in this 64-year-old beauty pageant, there will be a fifth segment that organizers hope would ensure that the winner will be the epitome of true beauty — natural beauty, that is.

In this fifth segment, contestants will parade before the judges — in close up — without face makeup.  A special award will be given to the best unmade-up contestant, and the socres in this segment will constitute 20%of the final pageant judging results.

The idea came from no less than reigning Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines.  In the morning after she was crowned, she posted a photo on her social media account sans any makeup (see photo).

Will the other international beauty pageants like Miss World and Miss International follow suit?



Malacañang Approves New ‘Indigenous’ Office Uniform Design For Government Workers

image.jpegMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Government employees wearing uniforms made of indigenous fabrics may soon become a reality, according to the  Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

DOST has been working with textile experts and weavers to produce a line of everyday office wear that incorporates indigenous textiles and designs for government agencies.

The project will not only spice up the uniforms worn by some 1.5 million government workers, but also revive a 12-year-old law that requires office outfits that promote nationalism and boost the country’s rich tropical fabrics industry, DOST said.

In 2004, Congress approved Republic Act No. 9242, also known as the Philippine Tropical Fabrics Law, prescribing the use of natural fibers produced, spun, woven or knitted and finished in the country for official uniforms of government officials and employees.

After a series of meetings with fashion experts, DOST has made its final recommendation to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte who immediately approved the design.

The new female office uniform, shown above modeled by Senator Loren Legarda, will make its debut in government offices nationwide starting November 1st this year.

The male uniform is still being discussed and debated.  “It’s a little bit more difficult to design the male uniform, so it will take a little more time,” DOST said.

A DOST official, who spoke with The Adobo Chronicles on condition of anonymity, said that the departmennt is leaning towards the barong tagalog with rolled up sleeves for males, similar to what has been modeled by Duterte.




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