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PHILIPPINES’ AMBITIOUS PROJECT TO SOLVE HOMELESSNESS

More prisons like this one (National Bilibid Prison) will be built outside of Metro Manila to ease the problem of homelessness.
More prisons like this one (National Bilibid Prison) will be built outside of Metro Manila to ease the problem of homelessness.

MANILA, Philippines – The Aquino administration has finally found a permanent solution to the Philippines’ nagging problem of homelessness: create new housing units for the homeless — in jail!

The  administration has rolled out its 22nd Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project involving the construction and maintenance of a P50.2-billion modern prison facility at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija, north of the capital.

The proposed facility could accommodate 26,880 inmates, including staff housing and administrative buildings, areas for rehabilitation (sports, work and religious activity), and would be installed with high security equipment.

homelessThis is just the first of several initiatives to rid Metro Manila of homeless families and street children. Metro Manila has the highest homeless population in the world.

“There’s just not enough money to go around,” a presidential spokesperson said, “so the government needs to address one problem at a time.  Since we can’t build dwellings for the millions of homeless people, we think that building prisons will help address the problem.  In the prisons, inmates practically get a free roof over the heads plus free meals.”

Related Article: “Homeless In Paradise”

The spokesperson added that the reason the new prison facility will be built in Nueva Ecija is precisely to decongest and rid Metro Manila of homeless families. “It will eliminate eyesores especially when we are have visiting dignitaries and tourists,” he said.

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AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY IN THE U.S. NOW STANDS AT 112!

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Photo credit: tampabay.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – For many decades, Japan has topped the list of countries with the highest life expectancy among the population, with an average of 84 years. The worldwide average is 71 years (68 for males and 73 for females).  The United States’ life expectancy has been known to average at  79.

But official records at the U.S. Social Security Administration show that life expectancy among Americans has been grossly miscalculated.

A recent review found that at least 6.5 million active Social Security numbers belong to people who are at least 112 years old, according to a report by The Washington Post. Thousands of workers over the age of 100 applied for employment verification through the U.S. government in recent years, the report added.

Previously, it has been estimated that less than half a million people worldwide are centenarians, or people still living at the age of 100 and above.

Population experts surmise that the the significant rise in American life expectancy could be due to a better and  more modern health care system,  increased calorie consciousness among the population (resulting from dietary labels on food packages as required by law), and the growing popularity of Zumba dance exercise among senior citizens.

Can we propose a toast of red wine to longer life for all?

 

 

SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER, 47 SENATE REPUBLICANS FACE IMPEACHMENT

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – House Speaker John Boehner and 47 Senate Republicans face impeachment charges for undermining the separation of powers provision of the U.S. Constitution and for actions that have all the trimmings of the ultimate crime of treason.

The impeachment charges stem from Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a join session of Congress (without informing the President) which was tantamount to usurping the powers of the Executive Branch and the State Department, and the recent open letter signed by the 47 Republican senators warning the Iranian government that any nuclear agreement with President Obama will not hold.

The impeachment charges will be brought forth  before and voted upon by the House of Representatives and subsequently tried in the Senate. The impeachment could spell the total downfall of the Republican Party.  It could also easily hand the next presidency to the Democratic nominee (presumably Hillary Clinton) since several of the Republican presidential aspirants are among the signatories to the Iran letter.

Never in the history of the United States has impeachment been brought forth before so many politicians all at the  same time.

Well, there is a first time for everything.