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Poe, left, and Clinton (Photo credits: |
Poe, left, and Clinton (Photo credits: |

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – In 2008, when Hillary Clinton was running against Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for president, she launched a campaign TV attack questioning whether he would be ready to answer an emergency 3 a.m. call to the White House.

Well, it turned out that Clinton herself would never make that call since she didn’t win the nomination.  Since then, her critics have used that campaign message against her.

Fast forward to 2015. Clinton just answered a 3 a.m. call from Senator Grace Poe of the Philippines who is rumored to be eyeing the presidency of her country in 2016.

Inside sources within the Clinton campaign said that Poe called to seek Hillary’s advice about running a campaign.  Clinton convinced her to run for president, adding that it would be so cool if there were more women heads of state when Clinton attends international summits as president of the United States.

(In the latest national poll in the Philippines, Poe surged and closed in on front runner Vice President Jejomar Binay. In previous months, Binay had consistently maintained a significant lead in the polls, but recent allegations of corruption lodged against him and his son, Mayor Jojo Binay of Makati City have caused his ratings to plummet).

There is, however, one problem with Clinton’s 3 a.m. call with Poe:

3 a.m. in Manila is actually 3 p.m. on the U.S. East Coast from where Clinton answered the call.  Not to mention a difference of one day. So, it doesn’t count, really.




NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles) – While Republicans are struggling to pick their nominee for president in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, the Democrats are in a conundrum on who will be their vice presidential nominee.

But it is up to Hillary Clinton, not the Democrats, to pick her running mate. On Sunday, Clinton officially declared her candidacy for president. No other Democrat has expressed any desire to challenge Clinton.

Today, in her home state of New York, Hillary announced that she has picked husband Bill to be her running mate.

The U.S. Constitution limits the presidential term to a total of eight years, so Bill is ineligible to run again for president. But the constitution says nothing about a two-term president running for vice president!

Capitalizing on this constitutional loophole, Hillary picked her husband as her VP running mate.

“I think this would be the ultimate dream team; ” Hillary told reporters, “the American people will get two presidents for the price of one!”

There are amendments to the constitution that vaguely address whether or not a former two-term president can seek the vice presidency, and the Republican National Committee — caught offguard by Hillary’s announcement — is scrambling to challenge her choice of running mate.

The final decision may eventually rest with the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the meantime, Americans get two “everyday heroes.” Clinton and Clinton.









imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Last year, the  United States and the Philippines signed a 10-year defense agreement, considered by many as one of the clearest signs yet of renewed American engagement in the region at a time when tensions between China and its neighbors have been rising.

The agreement will entail moving American ships and planes to the Philippines more frequently as well as engaging in more training exercises with the country’s forces.

But a little-known provision in this pact is a firm commitment from the Americans to help the Philippines with the much-needed clean-up of the country’s environmental and political filth.

Today, U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg led hundreds of Filipino volunteers to undertake a massive clean-up of Manila’s Pasig River, known for many decades now for its polluted water and garbage-filled river banks. This dire situation has all but exacerbated the problem of perennial flooding in the metropolis.

Members of the international diplomatic corps also participated in today’s civic engagement project.

In talking to reporters after the day-long clean-up project, Goldberg said this was jut the beginning of many more projects schduled this year.

“Next, we will undertake a massive clean up of Philippine Congress, then Malacanang (the presidential palace), and finally the judiciary,” he said.

He was, of course, talking about political — not environmental — filth, including, but not limited to, the pork barrel scam, government curruption, the Aquino administration’s inefficiency, and justice for sale.