MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The youth are the future of the Motherland, so they say. And the Filipino youth have spoken: they want puppet, dictator and fascist Vice President Leni Robredo out!
Today’s protest rally against the Duterte administration took an unexpected turn when Filipino youth made their sentiments known. Not about Duterte, but about Robredo.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – There is no love lost between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo.
In a move that took both Duterte supporters and the Opposition Dilawan by surprise, the President appointed the VP the Administration’s Data Czar.
This is the third Cabinet position held by Robredo, after she had been appointed, and fired, as Housing Czar and Drug Czar.
Robredo’s appointment came after Malacañang Palace saw, and was very impressed, by the VP’s social media announcement that her office has launched a Covid Data Tracker to compete with the Department of Health’s own database on coronavirus in the Philippines.
DOH Secretary Francisco Duque and on again-of again Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go opposed the appointment but said “the will of Duterte be done, citing a verse from “The Lord’s Prayer.” (No, not House Speaker Lord.)
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – A total of 186 congressmen, or majority of 299 members of the House of Representatives, have elected Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco as the new Speaker in a session described by allies of Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano “illegal.”
It will be recalled that Cayetano and Velasco had earlier agreed to a term-sharing of the Speakership, brokered by no less that President Rodrigo Duterte. Cayetano’s term would have ended this October but from indications, he was unwilling to vacate the powerful position.
The Speakership row had put in jeopardy deliberations and actions on the government’s 2021 national budget, very much needed during this time of the coronavirus pandemic.
While Presidential coups are not uncommon in the Philippines, many are saying that this coup involving a sitting House Speaker is unprecedented, calling it a nincomcoup.