QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – The President of the United States has his own plane (Air Force One) and helicopter (Marine One). The American VP has his own Air Force Two.
The Philippine President does have his designated Presidential plane and helicopters as well. But not the Vice President whose only function, as always pointed out by Leni Robredo, is “to wait for something to happen to the President.”
But Robredo wants to change that. She wants her own VP plane and helicopter.
The VP made the statement after she was criticized for her office’s slow response to humanitrian aid needed by those affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.
Filipinos in Batangas and nearby provinces were crying “Where is Leni?”
Earlier, Robredo said she was on her way to hand checks to Taal eruption victims, but she just couldn’t find a bus that would take her from her VP residence in Quezon City to Batangas. She said she’s been waiting and waiting and waiting.
So today, Robredo demanded that her office be provided with a Vice Presidential plane and helicopter so that she can be more effective in responding to natural disasters that befall upon the Filipino people.
For her VP plane, Robredo says she prefers a Boeing 737 Max, the type of plane that has figured in recent fatal crashes which nobody on her staff told her about.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – Philippines’ Vice President Leni Robredo told The Adobo Chronicles today that like Great Britain’s Royal Couple Harry and Meghan, she too wants to be “financially independent.”
Robredo was reacting to the shocking news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have decided to “step back” from their Royal duties and receive no funding from the Monarchy.
Asked how exactly she’d go about it, Robredo said she will voluntarily abdicate the half a million-peso budget of the Office of the President and return it to the national coffers. “I think it is not fair to the Filipino taxpayers that I’m spending their hard-earned money for doing nothing to help them and our country,” she said.
While the VP says she will continue her pet projects like “Angat Buhay,” she will rely on private donations from the country’s top Oligarchs as well as foreign sources.
Already, Robredo’s announcement has received praise from both sides of the aisle — the Yellowtards and the die-hard Duterte supporters.
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.