MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Two Philippine Senators on opposite sides of the aisle have come together to try to pass a string and truly effective Bill — SOGIE.
SOGIE, of course is the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression bill which seeks to protect members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) from discriminatory acts, similar to what happened with transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez. Diez was prevented from using the ladies’ restroom at a shopping mall in Cubao, Quezon City. A video tape of her encounter with a mall janitress and security guard has gone viral and has generated an emotional public outcry from both LGBT supporters and critics.
It is a known fact that Pacquiao is not a fan of the homosexual lifestyle, often invoking the bible to justify his stance. Hontiveros, on the other hand, is seen as an advocate pf LGBT rights.
In the interest of national unity, Pacquiao promised to fully support Hontiveros’ SOGIE bill with one amendment: to ban all urinals in public restrooms throughout the country.
The champion boxer-turned-Senator told The Adobo Chronicles that if we eliminated the one cause of the controversy — the male urinals — then the problem will be solved. “One for all, all for one,” he said about just maintaining toilet stalls with doors and locksmon public restrooms.
“This is true equality,” Pacquiao added.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar says he fully supports increasing the take-home pay of journalists and other media workers. After all, they comprise society’s Fourth Estate.
Speaking with The Adobo Chronicles, Andanar additionally proposed that their salaries should match those of PCOO officials and employees.
”I must admit that PCOO hasn’t done a good job in bringing about an informed Filipino citizenry but the private news media —except Rappler, Inquirer and ABS-CBN — have filled the gap due to my department’s incompetence and inadequacies,” Andanar said.
Asked what the salary ranges are for PCOO officials and employees, Andanar said “that’s proprietary information, but you could request data through the FOI (Freedom of Information) initiative of the Duterte government. PCOO’s annual budget is P1.4 Billion.
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NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – “Enough is enough!” With these words, the United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously to move its headquarters out of New York and into New Zealand.
The unprecedented move was prompted by the most recent mass shootings in the United States which have put the number to 255 in just the first half of 2019.
“It is no longer safe for our diplomats and staff to live and work in the U.S.,” a U.N. statement said.
New Zealand was voted as the new site of the U.N. Headquarters.
New Zealand, led by its Prime Minister Jacinda Adern, has moved to tighten gun control laws following the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch which left 50 people dead.
A U.N. spokesperson said that members of the General Assembly hailed New Zealand’s political will to address gun violence which has plagued the U.S. for a long time. He added: “We hope that by moving our headquarters to New Zealand, we will be able to assure our members of peace of mind that their service to the U.N. will not be marred by safety issues like they face in America. If malls, churches, schools and festivals have become the venue for mass shootings, what assurance do we have that it will not happen at the U.N. headquarters?”
Ironically, even U.S. permanent member of the U.N. Security Council Jonathan Cohen voted to move the headquarters out of New York.
Iceland, dubbed by some surveys as the safest country in the world, was also being considered as the new site of the UN Headquarters but members agreed it that its cold weather might result in frequent absences and tardiness for the Assembly members.