SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – It’s that time of the year when Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary picks its word of the year, and its choice comes as no surprise in this age of the coronavirus: PANDEMIC.
This year, Webster also picked a word of the year in each of the countries in the world.
For the Philippines, the dictionary picked “Cosmetic” as its word of the year.
The choice stems from recent highfalutin statements of Vice President Leni Robredo mentioning the word “cosmetic,” like when she said “cosmetic affinity” and “cosmetic courage.”
Robredo’s recent messages in English were miles apart from her usual rhetoric in the Filipino language which were full of “iyon,” “iyong” and “ang sa akin.”
How politics influences language! Or is the other way around?
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Under the U.S. Constitution, Donald Trump has the power to grant Presidential pardons to individuals convicted of crimes. That has given Rappler CEO Maria Ressa much hope that she could be pardoned for her cyber libel conviction in the Philippines. Ressa is a dual citizen of the U.S. and the Philippines.
Informed sources told The Adobo Chronicles that Ressa is preparing a letter to Trump seeking Presidential pardon, citing her U.S. citizenship and one named by Time magazine as a Person of the Year, not to mention the many international awards she has received from various U.S. organizations. She is hoping the American President will act on her request in the next several weeks before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20, 2021.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau)- Detained Philippine Senator Leila de Lima has retracted a congratulatory message she sent to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden. Her letter called Biden “a beacon for our own democracy” while comparing Donald Trump to Rodrigo Duterte.
Sources close to the Senator have confirmed that she is writing a letter to President Trump instead.
The Adobo Chronicles obtained a leaked copy of de Lima’s new letter which reads, in part:
“I am extremely shocked and saddened that the recent Presidential election was stolen from you, but I am confident that you will remain a powerful force in American and world politics, just like Rodrigo Duterte will remain a powerful force in Philippine and Asian region politics, unfortunately.”
She ends her letter with:
“Please keep me in mind as you continue with your Presidential pardons in the remaining weeks of your lame duck Presidency.”