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MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Amid charges of violating the constitution, nepotism, ineptitude and dodging responsibility in the massacre of 44 police officers in the Mamasapano misencounter with rebel forces in Mindanao, Philippines President NoyNoy Aquino continues to stand firm and oblivious to his growing unpopularity and calls for his resignation. Here are the top 10 reasons Aquino will not step down:

  1. He is rumored to be dating newly-crowned Miss Philippines Universe Pia Wurtzbach. Without his title of president, he has no other qualification as far Wurtzbach’s long list of what she is looking for in a future husband is concerned.
  2. If he steps down, his sister Kris will lose the only qualification she has as a TV host – being a presidential sister.
  3. Aquino knows he will lose immunity from criminal and other charges once he steps down, so he is desperately clinging to his remaining 14 months of being convict-free.
  4. If and when he leaves the presidential palace (Malacañang), he will be an ordinary resident of Quezon City. He doesn’t want to be under the jurisdiction of Mayor Herbert Bautista, who is romantically linked to his sister Kris.
  5. Vice President Jejomar Binay
  6. Makati Mayor Junjun Binay
  7. Senator Nancy Binay
  8. Congresswoman Abigail Binay
  9. If he gets charged and convicted, he does not want to be rooming with incarcerated Senators Bong Revilla, Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada.
  10. If he gets charged, convicted and becomes ill, he does not want to share a hospital room with former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who remains in hospital arrest.


imageWASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – It is the end of the Republican Party as we know it.

Citing the fact that he has lost all credibility and support even from his fellow Republicans, John Boehner made the shocking announcement today that he was stepping down as speaker of the House of Representatives.

The final straw came when Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress, bypassing the Office of the President. He came under intense criticism not just from Democrats but his fellow Republicans, especially those who are familiar with the U.S. Constitution’s provision for the separation of powers among the three branches of government.

What was more shocking in today’s announcement was that Boehner said he had tried to convince other House Republican leaders to step up to assume the position of speaker, but none of them wanted to do so (especially after that embarrassing letter signed by 47 Senate Republicans to Iran, undermining the Obama administrations’s nuclear negotiations with that country.)

So, in an unprecedented move never before seen, or imagined, in U.S. history, Boehner turned over the gavel to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The historic photograph of the turnover says it all (see photo).

Was it a kiss of unity and reconciliation, or a Judas kiss?

The eyes of the entire nation, and entire world, are on the U.S. Congress.


imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It was one of the most powerful, fist-clenching scenes ever seen on Philippine cinema, with a true-to-life character played by multi-awarded Filipina actress Nora Aunor.

The scene:

Aunor calling for the resignation of President Noynoy Aquino in a stirring speech at a rally by Migrante International, a support group for overseas Filipino workers.

In her strongly worded speech delivered in Filipino, Aunor lambasts the chief executive for the government’s labor export policy and called him “a puppet and the scourge of migrant Filipinos.”

But wait.

This is no longer just a scene from a movie. It is for real. It is the real Nora Aunor participating and speaking at a rally commemorating the 20th death anniversary of Flor Contemplacion, the domestic helper who was controversially executed for the alleged murder of another Filipina maid in Singapore in 1995.

Aunor portrayed Contemplacion in Joel Lamangan’s “The Flor Contemplacion Story” that same year. She won Best Actress in the Gawad Urian, the Film Academy of the Philippines, the Star Awards for Movies, the Young Critics Circle, and the Cairo International Film Festival.

Last year, Aunor was snubbed for the National Artist award despite being nominated by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts following a three-year vetting process.

Asked by reporters about his reaction to Aunor’s speech, President Aquino said, “Eh, sour grapes!”

Meanwhile, presidential sister Kris Aquino said she was withdrawing her earlier offer to pay for Aunor’s airfare to seek surgical operation of her vocal cords abroad. “She’s either with us, or against us,” the younger Aquino said about Aunor.