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imageTARLAC CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – For two years, containers of supposedly recycled plastic imported from Canada by a Philippine firm have been sitting at the Port of Manila after it was discovered that the import was, in fact,  toxic waste.

At last, the toxic waste found a burial place in a landfill owned by the Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation (MCWMC) located in the town of Capas in President Aquino’s home province of Tarlac.

Everything was going smoothly until Tarlac Governor Victor Yap asked MCWMC to suspend disposal of the illegally imported trash until he is presented with a certification from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) explaining the nature of the toxic waste. Yap said his demand to see the DENR certification was his response to the complaints that he and other Tarlac officials had been receiving from residents of Bamban and Capas towns. Residents there complained of stench, noise, dust and mud as trucks transported garbage, he said.

President Aquino, in a recent state visit to Canada, failed to convince the Canadian government to take back the toxic waste.

So, in an effort to save face and displaying a heroic determination to put an end to this dragged-out controversy, Aquino offered that the toxic waste be buried at Hacienda Luisita, an agricultural estate owned by his family.  Hacienda Luisita is a sugar plantation located in Tarlac that is no stranger to the decades-long controversy regarding land reform.

Aquino’s announcement could be the biggest  and most important legacy of his presidency.

Aquino’s sister, actress and television host Kris, was understandably upset by her brother’s decision. Still, she says she respects the decision.



Vice Ganda, left, and Duterte
Vice Ganda, left, and Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® )  – Many Filipinos want him to run for president, but he continues to assert that he is not interested.  He is Rodrigo Duterte, mayor of Davao, a major city in the Philippines’ island of Mindanao.

He is oftentimes called “The Punisher,” noted for tolerating extrajudicial killings of alleged criminals. He always talks tough and does not hold back on his public comments, even if they seem to be inappropriate coming from an elected official.

Well, today, in a television interview by openly-gay host Vice Ganda, Duterte admitted he used to be gay, but that he is “now reformed.” Duterte was a guest on Vice Ganda’s talk show, “Gandang Gabi.”

His admission shocked even his closest supporters who always looked up to him as a role model for Filipino macho men.

But his comments were welcomed by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) which took Duterte’s statement as an opportunity during Sunday masses all over the country to  remind the faithful that  homosexuality is a choice, and that gay men and women can be reformed, just like Duterte.




Henares, left, and Pacquiao
Henares, left, and Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – The Philippines’ tax woman, Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares, just can’t wait to lay her hands on Filipino champion boxer Manny Pacquiao, a member of Congress.

Pacquiao is the richest member of the House of Representatives and the only billionaire.

Based on his 2014 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN), Pacquiao is worth P1.6 Billion, an increase by P343 Million from the year before.

However, the figure does not include the reported $150 Million Pacquiao earned from his fight with American Floyd Mayweather last May. That alone is equivalent to P6.6 Billion which is six times his net worth in 2014.

In a statement following the release of Pacquiao’s 2014 SALN, Henares told reporters, “I want Pacquiao to pay up now and not wait for next year.  We need the money to cover the billions of pesos we lost in last year’s pork barrel scam involving businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, senators and other elected officials.”

Henares said Pacquiao should show that he is sincere in his role as a public servant and elected official by voluntarily paying all taxes due.  “He should do it now, and not wait for next year,” she added.

Seven of the richest members of the House of Representatives have grown richer by a combined P1 billion, while former first lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos of Ilocos Norte has gone poorer by P5 million.

Still, Marcos is the third wealthiest House member and is worth P917.8 million, based on her 2014 SALN.  She became poorer because she increased her liabilities from P10 million in 2013 to P15 million. The value of her real properties remained the same at P920 million and personal assets at P12.8 million.

The second richest congressman, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., grew his wealth by P102 million, from P819.7 million to P921.6 million.