Category Archives: Health & Medicine

Now It Can Be Told: Duterte Was, Indeed, In A Comma

IMG_2238MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rumormonger Carlos Celdran and others were correct after all in spreading on social media that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s absence from public view in past days, including from the Independence Day rites last June 12, was because he was in a coma.

Except that it was more of a comma — not coma.  He needed a little pause from all his hard work and lack of sleep.  He had to re-energize and recoup.

But now he’s baaaaack!

Celdran and company must now be in a comatose themselves from embarrassment.


Senator Lacson Wants Full Health Disclosure Of All Elected Officials And Candidates


MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Senator Panfilo Lacson on Friday said he agrees with those asking for full disclosure of President Rodrigo Duterte’s health condition.

“I agree with them. The health of the president of any country is not his and his family’s private affair alone,” he said in a text message to reporters. “It is a matter of public concern.”

But the senator went beyond the health of just the president.

He also argued that all the health records of VP Leni Robredo, Senate President Koko Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who are the first, second and third in line to succeed the president in the event of death or incapacity, be made public.

By “full disclosure,” Lacson says he means all the health issues they are facing, the medications and vitamins they are taking, whether or not they use condoms or birth control pills when  having sex especially in extra-martial affairs, if they adhere to a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables as well as avoiding unlimited rice (specially white rice), if they are a member of a gym club and are getting massages on a regular basis.

“They should also disclose the brands of their bath soap, shampoo, toothpaste, hairspray, deodorant and cologne,” he said.

But Lacson said the full health disclosure should not be limited to the president and those in the line of succession but all elected officials — and candidates.

The most important disclosure, especially for candidates, is their mental health, the senator argued.  “The Filipino people cannot afford to elect candidates who have serious mental issues, like some former president of ours.”

‘Nuff said.


Philippines To Ban Sale Of White Rice?


MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rice and pork, two items in the Filipino diet that are never, ever enough.  Not on the plate.  Not in the nation’s supply.

Despite being an agricultural country, the Philippines still imports rice and pork because local production can’t keep up with demand.

One senator just has the perfect solution towards rice self-sufficiency: ban white rice.  She unveiled her proposal as she chowed down a plateful of macaroni and breaded fried fish (see photo).

Cynthia Villar believes that Filipinos should eat less, and shift to brown rice.  So she wants to ban white rice altogether.

In the interim, she wants Filipino restaurants to stop offering “extra” or “unlimited” rice on their menu.

“Hindi na uso ang mestiza,” villar says, referring to the Filipino aversion to fair skin, as opposed to brown complexion, known in the local dialect as “kayumanggi.”

The reality is, brown rice is more nutritious so Villar might have a point there, but it is also more expensive.

When asked by The Adobo Chronicles what she plans to do about the country’s short supply of pork, she said that senators and representatives should be able to continue receiving DAP funds (Disbursement Acceleration Program) so that they can help their respective constitutents cope with the high cost of pork, and of brown rice for that matter.

DAP is more popularly known as pork barrel, previously ruled by the country’s Supreme Court as unconstitutional.