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INDONESIAN PRESIDENT BELIEVES IN WITCHCRAFT; PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT BELIEVES IN WITCH-HUNT

Two presidents: Indonesia, left and Philippines, right
Two presidents: Indonesia, left and Philippines, right

Manila, Philippines –  Indonesia’s president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, shocked  his Muslim nation this week by revealing that he believes in witchcraft – something that is prohibited in Islam. The revelation came in the form of Yudhoyono’s 900-page  memoir titled “Selalu Ada Pilihan” (There is Always a Choice).

Not to be outdone (and which Filipino would be?), Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino today announced that he  believes in witch-hunt. His announcement came during a regular press conference held for members of the Malacañang (the equivalent of The U.S. White House) press corps.

Aquino’s revelation came as no surprise to his political enemies who have long accused him of engaging in witch-hunt against them – “them” meaning the Marcoses, the Macapagal-Arroyos, the Romualdezes, and the senators, representatives, governors and mayors who don’t belong to his Liberal Party.

“There is nothing in the Philippine Constitution that prohibits witch-hunt,” Aquino said, adding that “in fact, the word is never mentioned in the fundamental law of the land.”

(Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda contributed to this report.)

FILIPINA CAREGIVER, X FACTOR CHAMPION, WINS IN ISRAELI LOTTERY

imageTel Aviv – Good fortune has just struck twice for Rose Fostanes, the Filipina caregiver who recently won in the inaugural season of X Factor Israel.

Yesterday, Fostanes won one hundred fifty million sheqel (Israeli currency) in the country’s national lottery, Mifal HaPayis.

Most gambling is prohibited in Israel, but Mifal HaPayis is a government-sanctioned national lottery organization. It was established in August 1951 to recruit funding for the construction of a hospital in Tel Aviv. At first, the project’s profits were used only for healthcare applications. Later on, when Mifal HaPayis became a national lottery organization, its support was extended to projects in the fields of education, recreation, and the arts. image

This latest fortune comes as huge relief for Ms. Fostanes who learned last week that she cannot be paid for any recording contracts,  concerts or public appearances within Israel because her work permit allows her to only get paid as a caregiver. Winning the lottery has no such restrictions. Citizens, immigrants and tourists can claim the prize as long as they possess the winning ticket.

Asked by The Adobo Chronicles about her immediate plans, the singer/caregiver/millionaire said she will continue to work as a caregiver and give free concerts in Tel Aviv and other cities in Israel. She added that she is considering establishing a care facility in Tel Aviv so she could help the sick, indigents and the elderly.