WACO, Texas (The Adobo Chronicles) – The biker gang shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco that killed nine and left 17 more injured is a “blessing,” according to Texas lawmakers.
State legislators made this comment as they prepared to take up a firearms open carry bill authored by Republican Rep. Larry Phillips. The measure would allow licensed gun owners the right to open carry in most public places.
Gov. Greg Abbott and the Legislature’s strong Republican majority have pushed open carry as an important gun rights and self-defense measure. Most Democrats have opposed it, noting concerns from police in the state’s largest cities and gun control advocates about public safety. The state Senate has already passed its own open carry bill.
“We don’t need any more testimony from those who support the proposed measure, or from those who oppose it. The Waco shootout was a sign from God to push us in approving the gun rights law,” the legislators said in unison.
“If citizens had been allowed to carry handguns and other firearms openly in public, the biker gang members involved in the shootout would have been afraid to shoot knowing that the restaurant owners and patrons would have joined in the gun fight, just like people see in Wild Wild West movies,” they added.
Expect a smooth sailing for Phillips’ bill this week. Governor Abbott says he can’t wait to sign the bill into law
MANILA, Philippines ( The Adobo Chronicles ) – Despite a court-ordered freeze on his bank accounts, which seems to bolster the corruption allegations against him, Vice President Jejomar Binay on Sunday said he would still run for president in 2016 because it would be risky to entrust the Philippines to leaders “without experience and competence.”
Binay was obviously referring to Senator Grace Poe whose popularity with voters has put her at the head of the Aquino administration’s search for a presidential candidate in next year’s elections.
President Aquino and Poe met two weeks ago to discuss the senator’s role in the elections. On Saturday, Poe, who topped the 2013 senatorial election, said she was looking up to the President for guidance in her role in shaping the future of the Philippines.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Binay said he wanted to “bring experience and competence” to the national leadership.
Binay told The Adobo Chronicles that the female senator is not fit to be president because “she has no experience in graft and corruption, money laundering, illegal transactions and other qualifications presidential hopefuls should have.” “The people’s choice for the next president is clear; Binay is the guy,” he added.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – El Gamma Penumbra, the Filipino shadow performing group that was the grand winner in the first season of “Asia’s Got Talent” will be treated to a huge welcome by their fans and supporters when they return to Manila from Singapore.
A motorcade will take them from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Malacañang Palace where they will be personally greeted by President NoyNoy Aquino. The motorcade will pass through main thoroughfares in Makati where ticker tapes and confetti will be showered from the city’s tall buiildings.
The group will also be personally met at the airport’s VIP lounge by Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares who will have a tax receipt booklet in hand as she collects up to 30% of the group’s $100,000 (4.4 Million pesos) prize money.
Henares is known to be a tough tax woman, always ready to collect the government’s share of international prize winnings by Filipino celebrities, not the least of whom is Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao’s prize money from his May 2nd fight with Floyd Mayweather is estimated at $150 Million. That’s a whopping 6.6 BILLION pesos.
It is therefore not suprising that President Aquino is claiming that the Philippines is no longer the “sick man” of Asia, thanks to all that tax revenue.