MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Senator Antonio Trillanes seems to be fascinated a lot about tattoos, and he’s taking this fascination a step further, all the way up to the Philippines’ Revised Penal Code.
Trillanes filed a bill — co-authored by Senators Bam Aquino and Risa Hontiveros — that would penalize any elected or appointed government official, past or present, for having a tattoo, unless they declare it it their SALNs (Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth).
“Tattoos are associated with criminal activity, including the illegal drug trade, and government officials should not be wearing them,” Trillanes said.
It will be recalled that Trillanes once challenged Paulo Duterte to take his shirt off during one Senate hearing to prove that the Davao City Vice Mayor doesn’t have a tattoo that links him to some criminal syndicate.
Recently, Senatorial candidate and former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go bared his back in front of the news media to show his critics that he is tattoo-free.
So for Go, he will go scot-free should Trillanes’ bill become law. As for Paulo Duterte? He just needs to declare it on his SALN, if indeed he has one on his back.
As a public service, The Adobo Chronicles is publishing this open letter by one of our readers/subscribers, addressed to ex-President Noynoy Aquino and his ersthwhile Foreign Affairs Secretary, Albert Del Rosario:
First of all, let me congratulte both of you for your significant roles that led to the Philippines winning its arbitration case filed with the United Nations defending our country’s claim to one of the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea — Pag-asa Island.
Today, I read with keen interest the Manila Times column of a journalist and book author I greatly admire — Rigoberto Tiglao —which points out that the Pag-island the Philippines is claiming as its territory is actually just a rock.
While the news is very disapponting to me, it has given me much excitement because of two rocks that have been sitting in my garden for many years now.
I am afraid that China or some other foreign country might take interest in the rocks and claim them as part of their their territory.
I am writing you to see if any of you, Sirs, would be interested in representing me in a case I am planning to submit to the United Nations to lay claim to my two precious rocks.
I do not have a lot of money to fund this claim, so I was wondering if you would be kind enough to render your services to me on a pro bono basis.
I am looking forward to your favorable reply.
Juan De La Cruise
P.S. I was also going to ask the same favor of former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay but he’s too busy with his hopeless Senatorial campaign.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Thanks to the efforts of ex-President Noynoy Aquino and his earstwhile very competent Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, the Philippines scored a major victory over the disputed territory in the West Philippine Sea.
In its arbitration case filed with the United Nations, the Philippines laid claim to Pag-asa Island.
Alas, as it turns out, the disputed territory is not an island, but a rock.
All that for nothing.
Well, perhaps Aquino and cohorts can instead lay claim to Dwayne Johnson, The Rock! He may not be Filipino but at least he is of Pacific Island heritage (Samoan).