MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In an effort to make amends, Aristocrat along Roxas Boulevard wants to offer free meals to all volunteers of the Manila Bay cleanup, in exchange for the rescinding of DENR’s cease and desist order for the restaurant’s continued operation.
Aristocrat was among establishments tagged and ordered closed by DENR for contributing to the pollution of Manila Bay.
A spokesperson for Aristocrat told The Adobo Chronicles that they will serve their famous barbecue chicken with java rice and atchara (pickled green papaya) to all those who volunteer to help in the clearnup on weekends.
Aristocrat’s move is in sharp contrast to Manila City Hall’s recent announcement that those who volunteer to help in the Manila Bay clearnup need to secure a permit.
Now, the group is urging the Philippine government to ban the Filipino delicacy lechon (roasted pig) on the grounds that it constitutes a violation of the right to dignity of animals.
A PETA spokesperson told The Adobo Chronicles that pigs are not only victims of extra-judicial killing (EJK), but are also subjected to humiliation during parties and events where lechon is served. “They are displayed and served in the buff without any cover. Placing an apple in the mouth of the roasted pig doesn’t make the situation any better.”
Opposition Senators Risa Hontiveros, Franklin Drilon, Kiko Pangilinan, Antonio Trillanes and Bam Aquino seem to be receptive to the idea, and are considering filing the appropriate bill in the Senate.
So enjoy your lechon while you can, especially this holiday season!
The Adobo Chronicles is launching a series of human interest stories that are meant to inspire our readers — stories of ordinary citizens who are making a difference in the lives of their families and their countrymen.
We begin with the story of Mang Juan, a fishball vendor.