MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Congress has its hands full in proposing amendments to the 1987 Philippine Constitution, including a provision that a vote for the President will automatically be a vote for his or her Vice Presidential runningmate.
Another major proposed change is a significant revision of the qualifications to run for President.
Senate President Tito Sotto has put forward a proposed amendment that would add a “preferential” qualification for Filipinos wanting to run for President. Sotto’s amendment which critics say is self-serving, adds a new qualification that states, “Previous experience as a film/TV actor preferred.” Sotto is, of course, a film/TV personality.
Sotto’s proposal also adds another qualification that says a Presidential candidate “Must be proficient in the three R’s: reading, writing and ‘rithmetic,’ a move seen as a strategy to disqualify Vice President Leni Robredo from running for President in 2022.
A call by The Adobo Chronicles to the Office of the Vice President has remained unanswered as of press time.
(Many will recall Robredo’s previous math gaffe where she said 40 x 4 = 1,600.)
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines’ Department of Education (DepEd) has come under fire for learning modules released under its non face-to-face classes. Parents have complained that some of the modules contained glaring errors, math and grammar lapses, and inaccuracies.
DepEd may have gotten it right this time by releasing its latest online mudule that teaches school kids and adults alike on the history of the discovery of the Philippines by Ferdinand Magellan who was killed by Lapu-Lapu.
The release comes right on the commemoration of the 5th centennial of the Battle of Mactan and the issuance of a new P5,000 Philippine currency honoring Lapu-Lapu.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The “Iskolar ng Bayan,” (scholars of taxpayer money) at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus have announced that they will boycott their classes until President Rodrigo Duterte is ousted.
In response, Duterte said he will soon sign an Executive Order that will convert the entire U.P. Diliman campus into a permanent calamity evacuation center for Metro Manila to enable the government to better respond to natural disasters like the floods brought about by the recent typhoon, Ulysses.
In the draft E.O. obtained by The Adobo Chronicles, Duterte said that his administration will not allow the sprawling U.P. Diliman campus to go to waste because it was built and is being maintained by taxpayer money. He added that the savings from the “free tuition” for U.P. students will serve as standby funds that will be tapped for any future calamities.