Category Archives: Politics

CNN CALLS 2016 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS FOR HILLARY

Photo credit: Ed Lin
Photo credit: Ed Lin

Johannesburg, South Africa –  The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election is over.  At 10:12 p.m, eastern time last night, the most respected and credible cable news network in the world called the election and declared Hillary Clinton the winner.

Republicans and the red states are just now just waking up to the news that they had lost yet another election without even trying.

Soon after calling the election, CNN reported that President Hillary Clinton has arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa, to join President Barack Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter at ceremonies honoring the late Nelson Mandela.

The Adobo Chronicles has learned that elaborate plans for Clinton’s inauguration in January 2017 are now being put together. No less than future First Man Bill Clinton is heading up the inaugural committee.

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BEAUTY PAGEANT BAN FOR PHILIPPINES LIFTED

Newly-crowned 2013 Miss Earth, Alyz Henrich of Venezuela (Photo credit: Rappler.com)
Newly-crowned 2013 Miss Earth, Alyz Henrich of Venezuela (Photo credit: Rappler.com)

Muntinlupa City, Philippines  (EXCLUSIVE to The Adobo Chronicles) – Last month, The Adobo Chronicles broke the story about the decision by the Association of Beauty Pageant Franchise Holders (ABPFH) to disqualify the Philippines from international beauty pageants in the next two years, along with Venezuela and Brazil.  The decision was based on the  extraordinary record of the three countries in winning the titles of the major beauty pageants and for consistently making it to the top 5 in the pageant finals.  Close to three million netizens took to Facebook and Twitter to protest that decision, but the ABPFH did not budge.

Yesterday, however, the ABPFH announced that it has lifted the ban for both the Philippines and Brazil after winners of the 2013 Miss Earth Beauty Pageant held in the Philippines were named.  Miss Venezuela, Alyz Henrich, won the title. Miss Brazil didn’t make it to the top 16.  Although Miss Philippines Angelee de los Reyes was among the 8 finalists, ABPFH said it wasn’t good enough to maintain the Philippines’ winning streak of always being in the top 5.

Venezuela, Brazil and the Philippines hold the record of having won the title for all the major international beauty pageants. Venezuela  added another feather to its cap when it won the 2013 Mr. International Pageant held in Jakarata, Indonesia last month.

It remains to be seen whether Filipino netizens will praise the ABPFH decision to lift the ban for the Philippines or criticize it for dismissing and devaluing  the “top 8” performance of Miss Philippines.

MARTIN BASHIR OUT, SARAH PALIN IN, AT MSNBC

martinpalinNew York, New York (EXCLUSIVE to The Adobo Chronicles) – The big news at MSNBC is the resignation Wednesday of Martin Bashir, the British journalist who became famous for the television film “Living with Michael Jackson” in which he interviewed the late pop singer over a span of eight months.  Prior to joining MSNBC, Bashir was employed at ABC. Until his resignation, Bashir was a political commentator for MSNBC and a correspondent for Dateline NBC.

Bashir’s decision to quit was prompted by a commentary he made last month against Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice-presidential nominee, in which he criticized her for statements comparing American debt to slavery, saying she deserved the same kind of humiliating and degrading treatment that some slaves faced. Ms. Palin herself, was a commentator/consultant for the rival network Fox News.

In announcing Bashir’s resignation, MSNBC issued a separate statement saying that it has hired Palin to replace Bashir. “We thought that hiring Ms. Palin to replace Bashir would show our sincerity in not condoning Bashir’s controversial comments on our network,” said Phil Griffin, MSNBC president. “It is the perfect apology, no doubt,” he added.

Bashir is no stranger to controversy. In 2008, while keynoting the gala banquet of the Asian American Journalists Association at the UNITY:Journalists of Color convention in Chicago, he remarked about how exciting it was for him to be in a room of great looking “Asian babes” and then added that he was glad he was standing behind a podium so no one could see how excited he really was.