QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The 2022 Philippines Presidential Election is three long years away but Vice President Leni Robredo is way ahead of the game.
Today, she formally launched her bid to succeed Rodrigo Duterte as the country’s next chief executive.
In an invitation-only press conference at Club Filipino, she unveiled the first of a series of campaign posters that she hopes will endear her to Filipino voters.
In a wise move that would allow her to circumvent Comelec (Commission on Elections) rules against early campaigning, her propaganda team designed the poster with her carricature but not her name. The poster simply says “Ready to be President.”
“This would make it difficult for opponents or Comelec to charge her for any campaign violation,” her PR team told The Adobo Chronicles.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Be careful what comes out of you mouth because it may come back to haunt you. This was the lesson learned by Senator Cynthia Villar after Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) stormed her office over the ongoing transgender issue.
Villar recently suggested that while the SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression) Bill is still being considered by legislators, transgender women should be allowed to use public restrooms designated for PWDs, saying these facilities are not always in use.
The Senate is now deliberating on SOGIE following that Quezon City shopping mall incident where Filipina Transgender Gretchen Custodio Diez was denied use of the women’s restroom.
The PWDs berated Villar for compromising their own rights just so she could gain some points with the LGBT community.
”It seems that the Senator’s idea of equality is to cut a slice of the pie of one disadvantaged sector to give to another equally-disasvantaged sector,” the protesters said.
Asked for comment, Villar said, “Sowee na po. Tao lang po.” (Sorry. I’m just human)
MANILA, Philipines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Leni Robredo says she is ready to be President come 2022, pointing out that she would not have agreed to run for Vice President if she felt she wasn’t capable of holding the highest position in the land, in case something happened to the President.
Upon hearing this latest public statement from Robredo, world leaders —from Barack Obama and Angela Merkel to Pope Francis and Hillary Clinton — reacted with gusto, and The Adobo Chronicles captured it all in photos: