MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Following the lead of Japanese Emperor Akihito, Leni Robredo has announced she will formally abdicate the Philippine Vice Presidency as well as the leadership of the Opposition Liberal Party.
(Akihito handed over the symbols of power to his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito on Tuesday. The 85-year-old Emperor who reigned for 30 years was given permission to abdicate after saying he felt unable to fulfil his role because of his age and declining health.He is the first Japanese monarch to step down in more than 200 years.)
In a statement issued to local and international news media, Robredo said that she feels she is no longer effective as Vice President or leader of her party given the fact that the popularity of President Rodrigo Duterte has reached and continues to maintain unprecedented levels.
Robredo says her abdication is effective immediately, coming within less than two weeks before her country’s mid-term elections where the Opposition Party’s candidate slate is expected to do very poorly.
“It’s time for our people to heal and I don’t want to be an obstacle to that healing. Rather than do a ‘harakiri,’ I have chosen to step down and abdicate,” Robredo said.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Opposition Senator Bam Aquino urged Filipinos to remember his uncle Ninoy’s ‘love of country.’
“Sa darating na Bonifacio Day, huwag nating kakalimutan na ang kanyang pagkamatay ay hindi lang dahil nabaril siya,” Aquino said in a statement.
“ Iyan po ay dahil sa napakalalim niyang pagmamahal sa ating bayan na mas ginusto niyang umuwi kahit na baka makulong at mapanganib ang kanyang buhay kaysa sa manatili sa Amerika na mapayapa naman at ligtas,” he added.
Bam apparently mistook Bonifacio Day as the day honoring Marcial Bonifacio, Ninoy’s alias used in his fake passport at the time he was gunned down at the Manila International Airport.
November 30 is a Philippine national holiday honoring Andres Bonifacio, one of the country’s national heroes.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chonicles, Manila Bureau) – A few dozen Filipino acitivists are protesting the Manila visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping on the grounds that China is a threat to the Philippines’ sovereignty in the light of the South China Sea territorial conflict, as well as growing Chinese investments in the country.
The activists don’t want the Philippines to have anything to do with China and are demanding that everything that reminds the Filipinos of China and the Chinese be permanently erased from the country’s landscape.
What landmark bests represents Chinese influence in the Philippines than the oldest Chinatown in the world — Chinatown in Binondo, Manila.
The protestors want Manila’s Chinatown permanently closed and replaced by an SM Super Mega Mall Village that would put the Mall of Asia to shame.
Little do the protesters know that the owner of SM is Henry Sy. Filipino. Chinese.