BATANGAS CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Batangas Bureau) – The news media are reporting that Vice President Leni Robredo is returning to Batangas to distribute more relief goods to the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption.
Earlier, Robredo distributed relief packages consisting of 5 pandesal and 1 bottle water.
”This time around,” the Office of the Vice President said, “Robredo will be distributing relief pacakges of 10 pandesal and a sachet of Kopico 3-in-1 coffee.
The OVP promised that during her return trip ths Tuesday, there will be no photo ops or selfies, just the genuine desire to help those who have been affected by this natural calamity.
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – Grocery shoppers at the SM in Baguio City — the summer capital of the Philippines — are at a quandary over the disappearance of pork from the mall’s supermarket.
For almost a week now, pork was nowhere to be found in the supermarket’s meat and frozen sections. It has caused some serious frustration among the locals who depend on SM for their pork supply for their lechon kawali, pata tim, pork adobo, sinigang na baboy, inihaw na baboy, bagnet, and other Filipino pork-based recipes.
When asked, SM Supermarket sales associates simply tell customers that “there has not been a delivery” of pork.
The situation has fueled lots of speculation from pork lovers — ranging from possible ASF (African Swine Fever) which may have affected the pig population of the supermarket’s supplier to failure of SM to pay their pork suppliers on time. Others have said that as a business strategy, beef and chicken suppliers may have paid SM a hefty fee to make pork disappear from the supermarket.
It is not clear if this pork shortage only applies to Baguio or other SM Supermarkets across the country.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – If Donald Trump heeds the urging of the U.S. Senate, Philippine officials and others involved in the supposed unlawful detention of Senator Leila de Lima, will be banned from entering the U.S.
But President Duterte made the first counter move by banning the entry into the Philippines of three Democrat Senators who authored and supported the resolution urging the ban on the Filipinos — Senators Patrick Leahy, Dick Durbin and Edward Markey.
Today, Duterte announced that if such a ban on Filipinos is pursued and implemented by the U.S. State Department, he will impose a devastating sanction on America, by banning U.S. imports of Philippine soy sauce and vinegar.
Soy sauce and vinegar, especially the famous Marca Piña brand, are key ingredients in preparing the world-famous adobo dish, loved not just by Filipinos living abroad but even gourmet chefs in the U.S.
The Philippine Presidential Palace said that banning U.S. imports of soy sauce and vinegar will have a devastating effect on the estimated 4 million Filipinos now living in America — many of whom work in key professions and services like health care, music, engineering, hospitality and technology.
”It will also be very disappointing for top chefs in America who are all in agreement that the Filipino adobo is among the world’s best cuisine,” Presidential Spoksperson Salvador Panelo said.