MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Forget what Leni Robredo had said that the only power of the Vice President is “to wait for something to happen to the President.,”
Robredo has taken on a new mission for the remainder of her 6-year term as VP.
Earlier, Rappler reported that President Rodrigo Duterte said on national TV that he will audit the Commission on Audit (COA) if he becomes VP. (Duterte has “accepted” his nomination as the Vice Presidential candidate of the ruling party, PDP-Laban in next year’s national elections.)
Speaking with The Adobo Chronicles, Robredo said, “Ay, puwede pala iyon.(the VP auditing COA). Gagawin ko na, habang VP pa ako, para naman may legacy akong iiwan sa ating bansa.” (I didn’t know that was possible. I might as well do it now while I’m still VP so that I could leave a legacy to the country.)
We tried to reach COA Chairperson Michael Aguinaldo, but our calls have not been returned as of our deadline.
BARCELONA, Spain (The Adobo Chronicles, Barcelona Bureau) – King Felipe VI of Spain has issued a proclamation making Filipino boxer and Senator Manny Pacquiao a “Distinguished Adoptive Son” of his country.
The monarchy issued the order just a day after Pacquiao’s loss to Cuban Yordenis Ugás in their title bout in Las Vegas, Nevada. It follows Pacquiao’s own admission that he is half-Spanish.
King Felipe said that despite his loss to Ugás, Pacquiao has brought pride and honor to the people of Spain.
An order for a Distinguished Adoptive Son grants Pacquiao all the benefits of a full-fledged Spanish citizen and will always be met with a red carpet reception whenever he visits the Spanish Palace.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (Tbe Adobo Chronicles, Las Vegas Bureau) – Fearing for his well-being and the possible demise of his political career in the Philippines, boxing champ and Senator Manny Pacquiao revealed that he will seek asylum in Spain after his fight with Yordenis Ugás.
Pacquiao’s intention to run for President in 2022 is no secret, but he has had a falling out with Rodrigo Duterte and the ruling party, PDP-Laban.
Before he left the Philippines last month, Pacquiao criticized the Administration for what he called worse corruption in government. While in absentia, he was booted out as President of the party.
He chose Spain because of the relative ease in seeking residency in the country, especially for nationals whose countries has had a history with Spain. The Philippines was a colony of Spain for three centuries.
Giving a hint to reporters about his plan yesterday, Pacquiao said he is half-Spanish.