MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – When Philippine President Rodrigo Dutere delivers his Fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) before Congress on Monday, Opposition groups will be rallying outside, wearing blue t-shirts to represent the color of the West Philippine Sea.
The administration’s stance on the PH-China row over the Spratleys has become the rallying point of the protesters this year.
But the blues will not be alone. They will be met by another group wearing rainbow-colored t-shirts and carrying rainbow flags. The group belongs to a national coalition of Filipino LGBTs and their allies. They will stage a counter-rally in support of Duterte.
A spkesperson for the LGBT group told The Adobo Chronicles that they consider the President as one of their own. In a recent speech during a foreign visit, Duterte told his audience he used to be gay but that he cured himself after he married his now ex-wife, Elizabeth Zimmerman.
So come Monday, the streets of Metro Manila will bask in a sea of colors — blue, yellow black, white… and rainbow.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – A One Million Women March is being planned in Washington, D.C. this weekend, with First Lady Melania Trump as main speaker.
The march is being organized by a coalition of national and state women’s groups in protest of Donald Trump’s racism.
Trump has been publicly attacking four women-of-color Members of Congress, chiding them to “go back to where they came from.” A recent Trump rally saw members of his audience chanting “Send her back!”
Of the four lawmakers, all are U.S. citizens and only one was born outside of the United States.
Melania, who hails from Slovenia, became a U.S. citizen in 2006, after marrying The Donald. She is expected to condemn her husband’s racist remarks.
Will Donald also send Melania back to where she came from?
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manil Bureau) – Victoria Sports Tower, located next to GMA Channel 7 on EDSA in Kamuning, is reportedly the largest indoor sports complex in the world. One can only imagine what it would cost to become a club member.
Well, leave it to the smart officials of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to come up with a much cheaper alternative to a daily workout for just P5 a day!
Today, MMDA announced it will begin charging a “toll’ fee or P5 each time someone crosses the “footbridge to heaven.”
The footbridge, located just next to Victoria Sports, has been criticized for being too steep, especially for seniors and people with disabilities.
But the MMDA thought of a brilliant scheme for the “toll” which would be a thousand times cheaper than becoming a member of Victoria’s gym. Not to mention being a more effective way to lose weight and tone muscles.
So what are you waiting for? The choice is yours: P5 each each way, or thousands of pesos for gym access?