Category Archives: Human Interest

Philippine VP In South Africa To Witness Head Transplant (Palit-Ulo)

IMG_0223JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) – Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo and a select group of politicians are in South Africa reportedly to witness the first-ever head transplant to be performed by an international surgical team based in Johannesburg.

It will be recalled that Robredo, in a video message to a United Nations Conference, had accused the Philippine government and its National Police of a scheme known as “Palit-Ulo” (Switch Head), whereby family members of suspected drug lords are apprehended when the target individuals are not around during a raid.

Apparently, Robredo misspoke about the scheme which, in actuality, is a police strategy to let go of small-time drug suspects in exchange for information on the bigger fish fry — the illegal drug lords.

So, in order to be better informed about how Palit-Ulo is done, Robredo and her team have volunteered to personally witness the head transplant in Johannesburg.

First-hand information is always best.


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Philippine President Duterte Takes A Leave Of Absence

img_9471DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Davao Bureau) – There’s maternity leave, and paternity leave.  In the Philippines, there is also a lolo leave (grandfather leave.)

Today, President Duterte took a leave of absence, his first since assuming office last July, to visit his new-born grandson.

Duterte’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte gave birth to a baby boy on Thursday, according to a photo posted by her husband, lawyer Mans Carpio, on Instagram.
Stonefish, the couple’s third child, was born at 12:56 p.m. Duterte was pregnant with triplets but lost two to miscarriage.

The proud lolo was seen all smiles as he visited the nursery.

It wasn’t clear whether the presidents’ leave of absence was with or without pay.

Knowing the president though, that lolo leave probably lasted just a couple of hours and he is now back at work.

Congratulations to the proud grandpa!