Quezon City, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – With hundreds facing jail time in connection with the 10 Billion-peso pork barrel scam, the Philippines is facing an acute shortage of jail cells and detention facilities, it was announced today. In addition to the three senators and their associates who have recently been indicted of plunder and other crimes, many more are expected to be named by the Ombudsman for their involvement in the elaborate scheme to siphon taxpayer money into ghost projects and the pockets of politicians that include other senators, congressmen and Aquino administration officials. Rumor has it that more than half of sitting senators and over a hundred congressmen have been implicated in the scam by suspected mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.
The announcement of the jail shortage was made as media reporters were shown the refurbished bungalows inside Camp Crame which will serve as detention facilities for Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla, Jr. — all of whom were indicted for non-bailable plunder in connection withe pork barrel scam. Camp Crame is the headquarters of the Philippine National Police and is located along EDSA — the boulevard that was the center of the people’s power revolution that ousted the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos.
As a way of dealing with the jail shortage, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima ordered the sequestration of the condominiums owned by Napoles. The windows and doors of the condo units will be fitted with iron bars, and door locks will be replaced with heavy bolts. They will be emptied of all furniture except for a banig (straw mat) to serve as sleeping mat and airconditioning in the units will be totally disconnected.
As to who will be detained in these “condo jails,” de Lima said that the decision will be left to the courts. However, de Lima added that due to a conflict of interest, Napoles will not be eligible for detention in her own condo. Napoles is currently in detention at another “bungalow jail’ at Fort Sto. Domingo, a police camp in Santa Rosa, Laguna, south of Manila.
Torbay, United Kingdom (The Adobo Chronicles) – When Miss Philippines Megan Young won the title of Miss World last year, the United States protested, claiming that Young should have been considered a U.S. entry to the prestigious beauty pageant on the grounds that she was born in the U.S.
It’s a different story this year at the Mr. World Pageant held Sunday in Torbay, U.K.
Mr. Philippines, John Spainhour who is Filipino American, didn’t win the title. He didn’t even make it to the top 10 finalists.
Mr. America World, Inc. the American franchise holder for the competition to select the U.S. representative to the Mr. World Pageant, was unusually quiet and refused to answer reporters’ questions about whether it would also claim Spainhour as a U.S. entry like the U.S. did when Young won the crown.
The 2014 Mr. World title went to Denmark, with Nigeria and Mexico, taking the second and third spots, respectively.
Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – All eyes are currently focused on the three Philippine senators who have been indicted for the non-bailable offense of plunder in connection with the 10 Billion-peso pork barrel scam. The three senators are Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla, Jr. Their arrest and detention are just days away, pending review of the charges by various courts to which their respective cases were assigned and raffled off.
Yesterday, the Office of the President issued a statement saying that each of the three senators can choose where they want to be jailed.
In an interview with The Adobo Chronicles, the three senators revealed their personal choices of where they want to be detained:
Enrile, now 90 years old, said he wants to be locked in at Golden Acres in Quezon City, a home for the elderly.
Estrada said he wants to be jailed at Manila’s City Hall, next to the office of his dad, Joseph Estrada who is the mayor of Manila.
Revilla said his preference is to be sequestered inside one of the recording studios of the television network ABS-CBN in Quezon City so he could continue to record songs and music videos like the one he unveiled during his privilege speech at the Senate Floor earlier this week.
Ah, the Philippines, bastion of freedom, Democracy and privilege!