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BATTLE OF THE CROSSWALKS IN SAN FRANCISCO’S GAY CASTRO DISTRICT

The winning crosswalk design for 18th and Castro streets
The winning crosswalk design for 18th and Castro streets

San Francisco, California – There will be plenty of rainbows at the intersection of 18th and Castro streets in the heart of San Francisco’s gay neighborhood, reports the Bay Area Reporter.

On Thursday, March 13, District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener announced the winning design and location for rainbow crosswalks that will be paid for by the Castro Upper Market Community Benefit District. The crosswalks are being incorporated with a sidewalk widening project that will begin construction this month.

Upon hearing of the news, the Westboro Baptist Church sent a proposal to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to repaint the crosswalk at the intersection of Market and Castro Streets. The Topeka, Kansas-based church headed by Fred Phelps offered to fully fund the crosswalk makeover “in the spirit of equality.”  “If the City of San Francisco allowed the re-painting of the crosswalk at 18th and Castro streets, then there is no compelling reason for it to deny our offer, especially because we are paying for it,” Phelps said.

The Westboro Baptist Church is known for its anti-gay agenda, traveling the country to picket parades, festivals and even funerals with signs like “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.”

Crosswalk design proposed by Westboro Baptist Church
Crosswalk design proposed by Westboro Baptist Church

The Board of Supes has not yet met to consider the church’s offer, but circulated the proposed crosswalk design to its members and the media.  The design is in stark contrast to the rainbow design, featuring black and white crosses painted next to each other.

EARLY POLLS POINT TO A FEMALE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Manila, Philippines – Speaking at an International Women’s Day celebration in the Philippines this week,  Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said that the next president of the Philippines should be female. If recent nationwide polls will hold up, Santiago may be right, and it could be her.

“We’ve had 13 male and only two female presidents so far. The Philippines has had a total of 15 presidents. To achieve equality between males and females, since we have had 13 males, the next 11 presidents should be female,” she said. She added:  “research shows that when women are empowered as political leaders, countries often experience higher standards of living with positive developments in education, infrastructure, and health care.”

In a nationwide poll conducted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Santiago was the runaway winner among all the other potential female presidential candidates in 2016, or as they are called in the Philippines, “presidentiables.”  Santiago was the top choice of 76.59% of those polled, while the runner-up was Senator Grace Poe, with a distant 10.68%.  Incumbent Justice Secretary Leila de Lima came in third with 5.57%.  Other female presidentiables got less than 3%.

But how does Santiago stack up against the leading male presidentiables?

The Adobo Chronicles conducted its own nationwide poll pitting Santiago against incumbent Vice President Jojo Binay and Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.  Binay has kept no secret his intention to succeed President NoyNoy Aquino who is constitutionally barred from seeking another term.  Roxas, on the other hand, has been constantly mentioned in the political and media circles whenever the 2016 elections are brought up.

Here are the results of AdoboChron’s poll which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3%:

Miriam Defensor-Santiago , 97%

Vice President Jojo Binay, 1.2%

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, 1.0%

The remaining poll votes were equally divided among write-in candidates, namely, Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., Congressman Manny Pacquiao, and Television host Vhong Navarro.