WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Previously, we reported that the U.S.-based animal rights group, PETA, urged people to stop using phrases that are offensive to animals — phrases like “Bring home the bacon,” “Be the guinea pig,” and “Kill two birds with one stone.”
Now, the group is urging the Philippine government to ban the Filipino delicacy lechon (roasted pig) on the grounds that it constitutes a violation of the right to dignity of animals.
A PETA spokesperson told The Adobo Chronicles that pigs are not only victims of extra-judicial killing (EJK), but are also subjected to humiliation during parties and events where lechon is served. “They are displayed and served in the buff without any cover. Placing an apple in the mouth of the roasted pig doesn’t make the situation any better.”
Opposition Senators Risa Hontiveros, Franklin Drilon, Kiko Pangilinan, Antonio Trillanes and Bam Aquino seem to be receptive to the idea, and are considering filing the appropriate bill in the Senate.
So enjoy your lechon while you can, especially this holiday season!
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Opposition Senators announced today that they will be filing a joint bill that would ban the celebration of Chinese New Year in the Philippines.
The Senators — Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, Antonio Trillanes and Kiko Pangilinan — said that their proposal is in protest of President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent signed agreements with Chinese President Xi Jinping which they claim all but “sell” the Philippines to China.
Chinese New Year has traditionally been a special non-working holiday in the country. The Senators want to scrap the holiday.
However, one Opposition Senator, Franklin Drilon, asked his colleagues to defer the bill until 2020, since the year 2019 in the Chinese Lunar Calendar is the Year of the Pig.