As a public service, The Adobo Chronicles is publishing this open letter by one of our readers/subscribers, addressed to ex-President Noynoy Aquino and his ersthwhile Foreign Affairs Secretary, Albert Del Rosario:
First of all, let me congratulte both of you for your significant roles that led to the Philippines winning its arbitration case filed with the United Nations defending our country’s claim to one of the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea — Pag-asa Island.
Today, I read with keen interest the Manila Times column of a journalist and book author I greatly admire — Rigoberto Tiglao —which points out that the Pag-island the Philippines is claiming as its territory is actually just a rock.
While the news is very disapponting to me, it has given me much excitement because of two rocks that have been sitting in my garden for many years now.
I am afraid that China or some other foreign country might take interest in the rocks and claim them as part of their their territory.
I am writing you to see if any of you, Sirs, would be interested in representing me in a case I am planning to submit to the United Nations to lay claim to my two precious rocks.
I do not have a lot of money to fund this claim, so I was wondering if you would be kind enough to render your services to me on a pro bono basis.
I am looking forward to your favorable reply.
Juan De La Cruise
P.S. I was also going to ask the same favor of former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay but he’s too busy with his hopeless Senatorial campaign.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – This is not the first time we’re reporting about a blunder by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), because the agency had many previous blunders — from building that “footbridge to Heaven” In Kamuning, Quezon City to bannning provincial buses along EDSA.
This time, MMDA has issued a new directive setting the speed limit on many roads and highways in the metropolis to 60 Kilometers per hour.
Among the many thoroughfares included in this new rule is, of course, the busiest of them all, EDSA.
The Adobo Chronicles wanted to seek comments about this issue from our experts — the commuters themselves.
They were unanimous in their verdict. Here’s what they said:
“Why is there a need to set a 60KPM speed limit along EDSA when the actual flow of traffic is already at 6KM per hour?”
Yet another brilliant blunder by the technocrats at MMDA.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rappler CEO Maria was recently arrested on anti-dummy law charges soon after she arrived at NAIA. But despite all that airport drama, she was released after she posted the required P90,000 bail.
Today, however, the Philippine National Police (PNP) re-arrested Ressa and she is now detained at Camp Crame, just meters away from Senator Leila De Lima’s jail cell.
The Adobo Chronicles contacted PNP to clarify matters regarding Ressa’s re-arrest.
Apparently, Ressa posted bail in U.S. dollars (she is a dual citizen). However, her lawyers failed to check on the U.S. dollar-Philippine peso exchange rate at the time she posted bail. It turned out her dollar bail payment, when converted to PH pesos, was short by P90.
So Ressa is back behind bars.