QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Just hours after President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law in Mindanao following the terrorist siege of Marawi City, Vice President Leni Robredo activated her office’s relief operations. And what better way to do it than with something she is most expert in: lugaw.
Calling it “Operation Lugaw,” Robredo is appealing to Filipino citizens both here and abroad to make a donation to help the victims cope with the dire situation in Marawi and wherever some have chosen to evacuate to.
The goal of “Operation Lugaw” is to purchase 10 metric tons (10,000 kilos) of well-milled rice so that volunteers of the Office of the Vice President can cook lugaw (congee) for residents who have fled or are holed up in their homes because of the clashes between government troops and the terrorists.
“Because they are unable to leave their homes to go to the market, or cook their meals because of the lack of electricity, the Marawi folks rely on cooked food to nourish their families,” Robredo said. “Our volunteers are ready to cook lugaw.”
Robredo also asked the National Food Authority (NFA) to loan the OVP with enough rice supply for the congee while donations are still coming in.
It wasn’t clear whether Robredo made the appeal from her Quezon City office or if she is on the ground in Marawi overseeing the relief operations.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It’s been years in the making, and now blogger (a.k.a. investigative journalist) Raissa Robles is finally releasing the sequel to her book, “Marcos Martial Law: Never Again.”
Shortly after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law in Mindanao Tuesday night following the terrorist siege of Marawi City, Robles started shipping out her new masterpiece titled “Martial Law: Together Again.”
Copies of the new book have been gathering dust in her garage for quite some time now and she can only breathe a sigh of relief that she can finally recoup her investment.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Lawmakers are considering suspending the implementation of the new Anti Driving Distraction Law which prohibits the use of mobile devices or the car window display of trinkets, including rosaries, that could impair the road view of motorists.
After receiving public feedback on the new law, Congress members now realize that the greater distraction for motorists are the advertising billboards that line the major thoroughfares of Metro Manila and other urban cities.
Motorists have complained that the biggest distraction are the billboards, especially those that feature Kris Aquino.
“Seeing Kris on the billboards just triggers the rise in my blood pressure,” said one jeepney driver.
Lawmakers realize that it will take some time before all billboards can be taken down, so they agreed on starting with those that feature the retired talk show host and former presidential sister.
“We’ve got to start somewhere,” Senator Tito Sotto told The Adobo Chronicles.