MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – When Philippine President Rodrigo Dutere delivers his Fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) before Congress on Monday, Opposition groups will be rallying outside, wearing blue t-shirts to represent the color of the West Philippine Sea.
The administration’s stance on the PH-China row over the Spratleys has become the rallying point of the protesters this year.
But the blues will not be alone. They will be met by another group wearing rainbow-colored t-shirts and carrying rainbow flags. The group belongs to a national coalition of Filipino LGBTs and their allies. They will stage a counter-rally in support of Duterte.
A spkesperson for the LGBT group told The Adobo Chronicles that they consider the President as one of their own. In a recent speech during a foreign visit, Duterte told his audience he used to be gay but that he cured himself after he married his now ex-wife, Elizabeth Zimmerman.
So come Monday, the streets of Metro Manila will bask in a sea of colors — blue, yellow black, white… and rainbow.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – A One Million Women March is being planned in Washington, D.C. this weekend, with First Lady Melania Trump as main speaker.
The march is being organized by a coalition of national and state women’s groups in protest of Donald Trump’s racism.
Trump has been publicly attacking four women-of-color Members of Congress, chiding them to “go back to where they came from.” A recent Trump rally saw members of his audience chanting “Send her back!”
Of the four lawmakers, all are U.S. citizens and only one was born outside of the United States.
Melania, who hails from Slovenia, became a U.S. citizen in 2006, after marrying The Donald. She is expected to condemn her husband’s racist remarks.
Will Donald also send Melania back to where she came from?
NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau ) – In order to impress, some people dress up — others dress down. Reality star Kim Kardasian-West chooses to do the latter.
West has been criticized for launching a new line pf shapewear which she is calling kimono.
Kimono is of course the Japanese attire associated with royalty, respect, dignity and cultural tradition, and it is universally recognized as a Japanese symbol, almost like the country’s flag.
It is therefore not surprising that West’scattempt to trademark her kimono has been met with fierce opposition on either side of the Pacific Ocean.
As a protester aptly declared: Kim has undressed the kimono!