Category Archives: Law Enforcement

Senior Citizens Oppose Lowering Optional Retirement Age To 56

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippine House of Representatives approved on second reading a bill seeking to reduce the optional retirement age from 60 to 56.

The Coalition of Filipino Senior Citizens (CFSC) sent a strongly-worded letter to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, objecting to the measure.

Among other things, the letter pointed out that lowering the retirement age to 56 will result in longer queues in:

  • Supermarket checkout counters
  • Taxi lines
  • Public elevators
  • Free movies at cinemas
  • Service counters at banks, clinics, hospitals and other businesses
  • Other services offering priority to senior citizens

We tried to reach Cayetano but it seems his smart phone is currently on low batt…

At Presscon, VP Leni Robredo Tried To Silence The Media

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – Rappler CEO Maria Ressa found an ally in her claim that the government is trying to silence the media.  The ally? Someone who is part of the government — Vice President Leni Robredo.

In a recent press conference where she discussed her role in the war on drugs, Robredo hushed the media.

She could not muster the answers to reporters’ questions about what her knowledge and competence are in as far as going after drug lords, now that she is the unofficial Drug Czar of President Rodrigo Duterte.

In her usual modus operandi in evading difficult questions, Robredo chided the reporters to stop asking questions and instead join her for some afternoon snacks.

According to a reporter present at the press conference, Robredo put her finger in front of her mouth and said: “Shhhhh. Huwag na kayong magtanong.  Mag-merienda na lang tayo.” (Hush, don’t ask any more questions. Let’s just have some snacks.) And we have the photo to prove it.

An Open Letter To Maria Ressa

Dear Maria Ressa:

In your sojourns and junkets abroad, you have taken every opportunity to promote your self-interests by telling the foreign media and other rights groups that, in your words, in “war zone Philippines,” the law is being “weaponized” to curtail your freedom of speech.

Nevermind that the very law you condemn has allowed you your continued  freedom in the midst of criminal charges filed against you in the court of law for alleged violation of the Constitution, for tax evasion and for cyber libel.

Have you heard the news that in YOUR other country, the United States, priests and nuns have been arrested simply because they were protesting YOUR President, Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies?

Isn’t it ironic that in YOUR other country, the Philippines, priests and nuns have led protests against YOUR President,  Rodrigo Duterte without being arrested?

If you are truly the vanguard of free speech, will you now raise your voice aganst the arrest of protesting clergy in the U.S.? Their freedom of assembly,  free speech and freedom to petition the government are being curtailed, aren’t they?  I’m sure as a U.S. citizen, you know those are inalienable rights, yes? (As a reminder, these were part of the 100 questions you had to review in preparation for the U.S. citizenship test.)

So maybe, you should take up permanent residency in the U.S. and be the champion of free speech among your fellow citizens.  Now, that would somehow validate your collection of phony awards from those rights groups and Western media who have long been  taken by your systematic and distorted rhetoric about freedom of speech.

Don’t worry, being a dual citizen, you would  still be able to come back to the  Philippines anytime to face your criminal charges,

Please put your money where your mouth is.