MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In preparation for the start of the campaign period for next year’s national and local elections, Senator Bam Aquino has urged Congress to pass a bill granting employees a one-time only 14th and 15th months pay.
Many will recall that proposals for a 14th month pay have been pending in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Aquino’s proposal will combine a 14th and 15th month pay for all employees, payable before the May 2019 elections. It will not be an annual payout.
Aquino told The Adobo Chronicles that his proposal will encourage Filipinos to vote for incumbent legislators who are seeking reelection. Like himself.
Quite a campaign strategy, we’d say!
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It’s not quite campaign period yet, but Florin Hilbay already has a video aimed at courting votes for next May’s Philippine elections. The former Solicitor General under ex-President NoyNoy Aquino is running for Senator.
In the video, Hilbay blamed lawmakers for passing laws that cause suffering for the Filipino people.
This didn’t sit well with Senators and Congressmen, including those in the Opposition.
Senators Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, Antonio Trillanes, Kiko Pangilinan and Franklin Drilon, as well as Congressman Gary Alejano chastised Hilbay for what they are calling an “irresponsible” statement.
”Isn’t it ironic that Hilbay is seeking a position in the very institution that he says is causing suffering for the Filipino people,” Hontiveros asked.
LONDON, United Kingdom (The Adobo Chronicles, Paris Bureau) – British Prime Minister Theresa May postponed a crucial parliamentary vote on her proposal for Britain’s departure from the European Union (Brexit), a humiliating retreat that puts the country’s economic and political future in limbo.
Already, some sectors have started orgnizing a new political movement aimed at the status quo, that of keeping Britain’s membership in E.U.
They’re calling the new movement Breenter.