CAMBRIDGE, MA, U.S.A. (The Adobo Chronicles, Cambridge Bureau) – About a dozen Harvard students flocked to a scheduled lecture by former Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo, one of the Hauser Leaders currently in residence at the famed university.
It was all because of a promised free meal.
But alas, the students were deeply disappointed when the free meal was served in the middle of Robredo’s lecture on Democracy and Disinformation. It consisted of soup, salad and sandwich.
Some of the students interviewed by The Adobo Chronicles said they had expected to be served with lugaw (rice porridge) that the former VP was famous for back in the Philippines.
One of the students said, “I’ve never had lugaw all my life so I was looking forward to having it for the first time, only to be served with the usual, boring, American fast-food meal.”
DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Davao Bureau) – Presumptive Vice President Inday Sara Duterte has been designated by Presumptive President Bongbong Marcos as his Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd).
In an exclusive interview with The Adobo Chronicles, Duterte said that within her first 100 days in office as DepEd Secretary, she will mandate that all high schools and universities in the Philippines must include satire as a required subject.
Duterte lamented the fact that despite Filipinos being among the most Internet and social media savvy in the world, many still don’t recognize or understand satire. She says even Maria Ressa and Rappler can’t tell the difference between satire and fake news, notwithstanding the fact that the least-trusted news brand in the Philippines headed by a convicted criminal is, itself, accused of being a purveyor of fake news and of being a propagandist for the country’s political opposition.
At the same time, Duterte congratulated The Adobo Chronicles for being ranked No. 17 among the world’s satire sites. It is the only Filipino American site included in the list.
Duterte also appealed to Facebook and its fact checkers in the Philippines to do their homework and perhaps take a refresher course on satire, parody and sarcasm which are all universally-recognized forms of literature protected under free speech.