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PANDA POPULATION HAS TRIPLED IN JUST SIX MONTHS

imageBeijing, China – The Chinese government continues to be puzzled by the sudden increase in the panda population in just the last six months. The latest official panda count is placed at 1,600 but as of the end of February, 2014, an unofficial panda census shows that the number of these absolutely lovely animals  has reached almost 6,000, not including the worldwide zoo population.

In an investigative report done by a reporter for The Adobo Chronicles, it was revealed that at least 4,000 of the pandas registered with the Chinese Ministry of Endangered Animals, were actually chow chow (chow) puppies, whose fur were dyed so that they would look like baby pandas.

Reacting to the Adobo Chron report, the Beijing government issued an advisory for all panda owners to report to the Ministry of Endangered Animals with their “panda” pets for verification and registration.  “Pandas” discovered to be actual chows will be given decoloring baths and the owners will be dealt with a hefty fine.

OSCAR-WINNING SONG ‘LET IT GO’ CLIMBS TO NO. 1 IN PHILIPPINE MUSIC CHARTS

Philippine Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago (photo credit: philstar.com)
Philippine Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago (photo credit: philstar.com)

Manila, Philippines – “Let It Go,” the Oscar award-winning best song from the Disney animated film, “Frozen” shot up to number one in the music charts in the Philippines, and this happened in less than 24 hours.

The song was composed by Robert Lopez, a Filipino American, and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez.  But that was not the reason the song climbed up the music charts.

At a Philippine Senate hearing investigating the 10 Billion-peso pork barrel scam involving detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles and implicating three senators, state witness Dennis Cunanan was being grilled by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. 

Santiago repeatedly asked Cunanan, who was the director of the Technology Resource Center (TRC) when the pork barrel scam happened,  what he knew about the involvement of the senators.  TRC, a government corporation, acted as a conduit for the release of pork barrel funds to fake non-governmental organizations or NGOs.  The senators who were allegedly involved in the scam were Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla, Jr.

 “Wow. I’m very interested in what you have to say,” Santiago told Cunanan at one point of the questioning.  When Cunanan hesitated to confirm who he thought was the mastermind of the whole scam, Santiago said, “Let It Go”  in a Karaoke-style musical tone.

Immediately, the social networks exploded with the Santiago quote and radio stations started simultaneously playing the song from “Frozen.”  In just a few hours, “Let It Go,” became the number hit on the Philippine music charts.

PHILIPPINE POLITICIANS GIVE UP PORK BARREL FOR LENT

Philippine Cardinal Tagle administers ash to the Catholic faithful on Ash Wednesday (file photo)
Philippine Cardinal Tagle administers ash to the Catholic faithful on Ash Wednesday (file photo)

Manila, Philippines – In his message to the Filipino people on Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent – Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle admonished the Catholic faithful to “fast and abstain not to be slim and sexy, and be charitable not to be popular.”

Many Catholics abstain from eating meat for 40 days during Lent in the spirit of sacrifice.

Responding to the cardinal’s appeal,  Philippine legislators in both the Senate and House of Representatives unanimously agreed to give up pork for the next 4o days – pork barrel, that is.

The decision by the politicians couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time in view of the current legislative investigation of the 10 Billion-peso pork barrel scandal which has linked several legislators to the scam of siphoning taxpayer money into fake non-govenmental organizations (NGOs) and into the pockets of certain businessmen and elected officials.

It wasn’t clear whether the politicians’ “abstinence” from pork will automatically be rescinded come Easter Sunday, the end of the Lenten season.