QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – An online petition calling for the renewal of the broadcasting franchise of ABS-CBN has garnered more than one million signatures!
Launched by the employees of the network, recently shutdown by the National Telecommunications Commission due to the expiration of its franchise, the petition appeals to members of the House of Representatives for the “immediate discussion and passing of the renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise.”
No less than Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and U.S. President Donald Trump have signed the petition.
Supporters and sympathizers of the network may sign the petition by logging on to kapamilyaforever.com. They can vote as many times as they want, even if they are robots.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Voting 13 to 2, the Philippine Supreme Court today voted to junk a petition seeking for the release of President Rodrigo Duterte’s health records.
In a majority ruling jointly penned by the 13 justices, the high court said that the President, given previous public admission of health issues he has been having, cannot be compelled to release his otherwise confidential health records.
In making an obvious point to support its ruling, the court said that “in the same way, we cannot, by law, compel Vice President Leni Robredo to publicly release her IQ score, despite many claims on social media that she seems to be lacking in the intelligence category.”
Kudos to the Supreme Court for affirming every Filipino’s right to privacy and confidentiality!
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In times of crisis, people come together and unite, Philippine Senators included.
Voting unanimously on a joint resolution authored by Senate President Tito Sotto and erstwhile Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros, the Philippine Senate thwarted the construction of what would have been a new, P8.5 Billion Senate Building at the Bonifacio Global City in Metro Manila.
Instead, the state-of-the-art edifice will serve as a permanent COVID-19 center that will serve future coronavirus patients.
In their resolution, Sotto and Hontiveros said that their experience during the still-ongoing Enhanced Community Quarantine shows that Philippine legislators do not need an expensive building in order to do their job. They have been working from home (WFH), or from jail as is the case with Senator Leila De Lima.
“Puwede pala,” (It’s actually possible), Hontiveros said about WFH, adding that she foresees social distancing as part of the new normal.