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BARANGAY, FILAM LGBTs JOIN BOYCOTT OF BARILLA PASTA

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San Francisco, California – Barangay, the socio-political organization of Filipino American LGBTs in the San Francisco Bay Area, has joined the worldwide boycott of Barilla pasta and other products.

Gay rights activists have launched a boycott of the world’s leading pasta maker after its chairman said he would only portray the “classic family” in his advertisements and, if people objected to that, they should feel free to eat a different kind of pasta.

Guido Barilla, who controls the fourth-generation Barilla Group family business with his two brothers, sparked outrage among activists, consumers and some politicians when he said he would not consider using a gay family to advertise Barilla pasta.

Barangay is taking the boycott a step farther. The group will stage a cookout and bake sale at the corner of Castro and 18th streets in San Francisco for the entire week preceding the Castro Street Fair. Organization members and supporters will not only be distributing fliers urging the consuming public to boycott all Barilla products, but will be selling home-cooked pancit (noodles) and home-baked pan de sal (salted breakfast rolls) .  “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our delicious noodle dishes which are a perfect substitute for Barilla pasta,” organizers said. 

Different types of Filipino noodle dishes will be showcased at the planned cookout sale, ranging from Pancit Bihon to Pancit  Canton, from Pancit Palabok to Pancit Sotanghon, and many other noodle-based dishes.

Jollibee Testifies Before Philippine Senate On Pork Barrel Scam

imageManila, Philippines – The fat, stupid, happy bee is once again making headlines in the Philippines, just months after it put the  clown permanently out of business in this Asian country of almost 100 million people. See story on the merger of Jollibee and McDonald’s .

As charges of plunder were filed against Janet Lim-Napoles and ranking members of the Philippine Senate this week, the names of more politicians were implicated in testimonies by whistleblowers in the escalating pork barrel scam. The scam involves the diversion of more than 10 billion pesos of taxpayer money into the coffers of fake non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as into the pockets of national and local politicians.

In a privilege speech in the Senate, Senator Jinggoy Estrada, one of the Senators charged in the scam, decried what he termed “selective justice” by being singled out among many others who have personally benefited from this money scandal. During  his speech, Estrada suggested that Jollibee, one of the most successful food business enterprises in the country, also benefited from the pork barrel. Estrada did not reveal any details of the alleged involvement of Jollibee in the scam.

Yesterday, Jollibee was summoned to the floor of Congress to answer the allegation by Estrada.

Under oath, Jollibee made a very brief statement at the hearing, then took the Fifth, saying he refuses to answer any questions from the senators on the grounds that he might incriminate himself.

His brief statement: “I can assure this respectable chamber and our millions of loyal customers that Jollibee’s hamburgers are not tainted in any way by pork.  Our burgers are 100% beef.”

KRISPY KREME IN HOT WATER OVER NEW PRODUCT

kztnManila, Philippines –  The North Carolina-based American company Krispy Kreme is in deep trouble because of its new product which recently made its debut in the Philippines.  But the controversy is not about the actual product itself, but about the name given to it.

Krispy Kreme launched its version of the now popular cronut — a cross between a croissant and a doughnut, and named it Krispy Kreme Kroissant.  Immediately, the governments of the Philippines and the United States protested the name because of the resulting acronym: KKK.

In the Philippines, KKK stands for Kataastaasang, Kagalanggalangang Katipunan, a secret revolutionary society formed to fight the colonial  Spanish regime in the late 1890’s.  In the U.S., KKK stands for Ku Klux Klan  or the “Hooded Order,” a far-right organization which advocated extremist white supremacy, white nationalism and anti-immigration expressed through terrorism.

Philippine officials said that naming the baked products after the much-respected KKK is an insult to the heroism and nationalism of the men and women who gave up their lives in order to gain independence from Spain.  U.S. officials, on the other hand, said that it cannot allow an American business entity to promote the ideals of an extremist and violent organization.

Krispy Kreme has not returned calls from The Adobo Chronicles inquiring whether or not the company plans to rename its cronut product which, by the way, comes in chocolate, apple, cinnamon, strawberry and vanilla cream flavors.