SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – If you live in California and you like Filipino food, you had better stock up on your packaged tocino or longganisa.
Effective March 15, 2015, the state of California will impose a comprehensive ban on all pork imports from the Philippines. The ban covers livestock, frozen meat and packaged pork-based food items.
The Manila government immediately criticized the move, saying that California is merely retaliating for a recent ban on chicken imports from California imposed by the Philippines. The chicken ban was a result of confirmed cases of Avian or Bird Flu found in several chicken farms in California.
But California Governor Jerry Brown told reporters that the state’s decision to ban Philippine pork imports was the result of a series of serious considerations which began after Filipino business people and senators were accused and jailed for the pork barrel scandal which defrauded taxpayers of some Ten Billion Pesos. The pork barrel money allegedly went into the pockets of the individuals accused of the massive scam.
“We’re simply taking precaution to make sure that our state government, especially our state legislature, will not engage in similar pork scams ” Brown said.
The price of pork in the world market currently averages $198.00 per barrel.
U.S. imports of agricultural products from the Philippines totaled $991 million in 2013 alone. The California ban on pork imports will hurt the Philippines’ overall revenue from its exports to the U.S., since California is recognized as having one of the largest economies in the world.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – Contrary to speculation that the Republican Party has no clear frontrunner in the nomination for president in the 2016 elections, the Grand Old Party (GOP) today unveiled its list of ‘presidentiables,’ any one of whom could be the next president of the United States.
“It’s a crowded field, but they are all frontrunners and equally qualified to be president,” said Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Party continues to maintain that it has only one clear frontrunner (lone-up) for the 2016 presidential nomination – Barack Obama, with Hillary Clinton a distant second, and Elizabeth Warren, a distant third.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – Still feeling overwhelmed by the 25 standing ovations received by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his speech before the joint session of congress, House Speaker John Boehner announced today that he was sponsoring a bill that would re-design the flag of the United States. It was Boehner who invited Netanyahu without informing the Office of the President.
“It is clear that my Republican colleagues have a higher respect for Netanyahu than for President Obama,” Boehner said, ” so I think it is only appropriate that as a country, we adopt a new flag design that is in keeping with our admiration for Israel and its charismatic leader.”
“I really like the blue and white design of the Israeli flag over our traditional red, white and blue stars and stripes, he added, “so I am proposing that we adopt the Star of David design,” Boehner added. “Besides, a single star would symbolize unity among the American people.”