Category Archives: Environment

Philippines Will Not Go To War With China Over Giant Clams, But As For Canada…

DF953231-EDE3-41F1-9F24-01C81F60E8B2MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines will not go to war with China over giant clams (illegally fished out by the Chinese from Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea), but is prepared to declare war on Canada over its trash shipment that’s been stinking for many years now  in Manila.

President Rodrigo Duterte warned Canada that if it does not take back its containers of trash shipped to the Philippines under the guise of being recyclable plastic, he is prepared  to load the trash on a boat and personally dump it back on Canadian soil.

Duterte knows how to pick his battles. The Philippines may not be a match to China in terms of military might, but as for Canada? “Kaya natin yan,” he declared, suggesting the Philippines can easily win a war against Canada.

Duterte’s statement could all be rubbish, but Canada can’t say it wasn’t warned!




Why Rappler Reporter Was Barred From Covering Tuberculosis Prevention Event In Malacañang


36002BAC-74A7-46C3-8851-42313199DC9AMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Once again, Rappler has been barred from covering an event at Malacañang, this time the launch of a government initiative to end tuberculosis, where President Rodrigo Duterte will be in attendance.

Like clockwork, Rappler immediately cried foul and “suppression of Press Freedom.”

But Malacañang and the Department of Health today issued a statement on the real reason the Rappler reporter was not issued accreditation to cover the event.

Tuberculosis is a highly contagious bacterial infection that can quickly spread if not caught, isolated, and treated early. It is an airborne disease, and can be caught by breathing in the air that an infected person has contaminated through breathing or coughing,” the statement said.

It continued:

”Since this is a TB prevention event, we wanted to make sure that all in attendance would be free of the bacteria and prevent them from infecting others, including the President. We therefore required attendees and members of the news media to submit a health clearance, showing  a negative TB test.”

”The Rappler reporter failed to submit the required clearance, hence she was barred from covering the Malacañang event.”

Moral of the story: Press Freedom is not a substitute for a health clearance.

DENR Chief Orders Inventory Of Houses And Businesses In Baguio City

Baguio’s Quirino Hill showing houses now standing where Pine trees and sunflowers used to provide a breath-taking view. (Photo by The Adobo Chronicles)

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has ordered his regional staff to make an inventory of Pine trees in Baguio City, following the series of the government’s rehabilitation efforts in some tourist spots in the country.

Cimatu was guest speaker at the alumni homecoming of the Philippine Military Academy in this summer capital.

But when he was informed by his staff that there’s not much Pine trees left to count, Cimatu revised his standing order and asked instead for an inventory of houses and business establishments now standing where Pine trees used to tread.