MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Philippine Senators seem obsessed about the redesign of the national flag as a way to better reflect the country’s history as well as current developments.
First, Senator Richard Gordon proposed adding another sun ray to recognize the role of Filipino Muslims in the country’s fight for freedom. Then, Senator-elect Francis Tolentino said he wants to add another star to the flag to represent the coral-rich Philippine territory, Benham Rise.
Not to be outdone, Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros is now proposing to add more stars — a lot of stars. She wants each star to represent one million Filipinos. Based on the latest population estmate of 108 Million, the flag would then have 108 stars, and counting.
Hontiveros additionally proposed to designate the English version of the Philippine National Anthem as one of the official versions, and she wants it titled “Star-studded Banner.”
So, if Hontiveros had her way, dual citizens of the Philippines and the U.S.A. will be singing two anthems — the Star-spangled Banner, and the Star-studded Banner.
Oh, say can you see the Land of the Morning?
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – If you have the guts to dare, you must also have the stamina to be dared. This was a hard lesson learned by Senator Risa Hontiveros.
Prior to Rodrigo Duterte’s trip to Beijing a few weeks ago, Hontiveros dared the President to stand up to China and protest the presence of Chinese vessels around Pagasa Island occupied by the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea.
Well, shortly after Duterte arrived from his China trip, the news media have reported that China has started withdrawing its vessels from the disputed territory.
So now, Duterte is returning the favor to Hontiveros by daring the Senator to migrate to any foreign country of her choice that would accept her.
A recent ‘story’ by Rappler says “migrate” was the most searched word on the Internet following the zero win of the Opposition in last month’s Senatorial elections.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – A group of United Nations human rights experts called on Friday for an international inquiry into the state of human rights in the Philippines because of the “staggering number” of unlawful killings by the security services and official attacks on people and institutions who defend human rights here.
Earlier, the Philippines withdrew its membership from the U.N.’s International Criminal Court after petitions were filed before it accusing Duterte of crimes against humanity.
Now, Duterte wants to totally withdraw from the U.N. saying he will not be judged by white men. (Perhaps unknownst to Duterte, the ICC judges are not all white.)
Most Filipinos think that the Philippines’ total withdrawal from the U.N. will not have a big impact on the country other than Philippine U.N. Ambssador Teddy Boy Locsin losing his job.