NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) – On September 23, 2019, 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg addressed the assembled world leaders at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit held in New York City.
Accusing world leaders of stealing her dreams and her childhood by their inaction on climate change, she opened her speech to the General Assembly with an impassioned introduction, which was widely covered by the media.
Her speech was met with both praise and criticism, with some expressing doubt whether or not she wrote it herself.
Now it can be told. Speaking to The Adobo Chronicles, Thunberg said she was duped into reading the now controversial speech.
When they invited me to the summit, I was told I would simply be providing some entertainment by reading excerpts from the German fairy tale book, “Hansel and Gretel.”
Now you know!
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – While many legislators are pretty much focused on reinstating the death penalty in the Philippines, Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros has proposed a more humane alternative.
Hontiveros wants convicted murderers, rapists and others convicted of heinous crimes to be “deported” to San Francisco and be forever locked up in a solitary cell on Alcatraz island.
Alcatraz, of course, is recognized worldwide as the “prison of no escape.”
The lady Senator unveiled her proposed bill a day after Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri filed Senate Bill No. 1004 seeking to establish maximum security prisons in isolated and uninhabited islands for heinous crime convicts and high-risk prisoners.
Zubiri filed the bill in the wake of the near release of rape and murder convict Antonio Sanchez, a former mayor of Calauan in Laguna, under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA).
In an exclusive interview with The Adobo Chronicles, Hontiveros said her office will work to draw up a Memo of Agreement with U.S. authorities to allocate a certain number of prison cells in Alcatraz for high-profile Filipino convicts, possibly including Sanchez.
Hontiveros’ legislative staff, however, seem to have failed to do basic research about Alcatraz.
Alcatraz today is no longer a prison but a national recreation area managed by the National Park Service — a popular destination for tourists visiting the San Francisco Bay Area.
BEIJING, China (The Adobo Chronicles, Hong Kong Bureau) -Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced the appointment of Jackie Chan as his country’s new Ambassador to the Philippines.
The announcement came as Rodrigo Duterte visited China for bilateral talks with Xi Jinping.
The Hong Kong-born Hollywood actor presented his credentials to Duterte and Senator Bong Go. Afterwards, the threesome posed for the cameras with the infamous Duterte fist.
In appointing Chan, the Beijing government said it needed to designate someone who could ease growing tensions between China and the Philippines over the terrotorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea.
For his part, Duterte said that Chan is well-loved by the Filipinos — regardless of political affiliation — so having him as Ambassador will lessen the animosity towards China, especially among Duterte’s critics.