BATANGAS CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Batangas Bureau) – The news media are reporting that Vice President Leni Robredo is returning to Batangas to distribute more relief goods to the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption.
Earlier, Robredo distributed relief packages consisting of 5 pandesal and 1 bottle water.
”This time around,” the Office of the Vice President said, “Robredo will be distributing relief pacakges of 10 pandesal and a sachet of Kopico 3-in-1 coffee.
The OVP promised that during her return trip ths Tuesday, there will be no photo ops or selfies, just the genuine desire to help those who have been affected by this natural calamity.
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – Grocery shoppers at the SM in Baguio City — the summer capital of the Philippines — are at a quandary over the disappearance of pork from the mall’s supermarket.
For almost a week now, pork was nowhere to be found in the supermarket’s meat and frozen sections. It has caused some serious frustration among the locals who depend on SM for their pork supply for their lechon kawali, pata tim, pork adobo, sinigang na baboy, inihaw na baboy, bagnet, and other Filipino pork-based recipes.
When asked, SM Supermarket sales associates simply tell customers that “there has not been a delivery” of pork.
The situation has fueled lots of speculation from pork lovers — ranging from possible ASF (African Swine Fever) which may have affected the pig population of the supermarket’s supplier to failure of SM to pay their pork suppliers on time. Others have said that as a business strategy, beef and chicken suppliers may have paid SM a hefty fee to make pork disappear from the supermarket.
It is not clear if this pork shortage only applies to Baguio or other SM Supermarkets across the country.
TAAL, Batangas (The Adobo Chronicles, Taal Bureau) – In time of need — especially during natural calamities such as the volcanic activity at Taal, Batangas — Filipinos can come together as one regardless of their political color.
While Leni Robredo and blogger extraordinaire Mocha Uson have been trading barbs over the Vice President’s relief operations for the Taal calamity victims, they have patched things up in solidarity with the thousands of Filipinos in need.
(Uson earlier criticized Robredo for the reported 5 pandesal and 2 bottle of water contained in her relief packages, whie the VP accused uson of being the “bearer of fake news.”)
Hundreds of boxes of cookies arrived at the Office of the Vice President’s relief center in Batangas for distribution to displaced Filipinos now housed at various evacuation centers.
The donor? Why, Mocha Uson of course!