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UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS EXTEND AMNESTY TO GEORGE W. BUSH

BushDallas, Texas – A coalition of immigrant rights organizations across the U.S., acting on behalf of 11 million undocumented immigrants, today extended amnesty to former President George W. Bush.  This unprecedented action by the immigrants, in effect, forgives the former president for all the lies and illegal acts committed during his 8-year term.  Many of Bush’s words and actions during his presidency hurt the cause of immigrants and communities of color, including Latinos and Asian Americans.

The grant of amnesty to Bush was prompted by his recent public statement at a naturalization ceremony in  Texas, whereby he expressed his full support for a comprehensive immigration reform bill.  Recently, the U.S. Senate, passed — by a vote of 68-32 –a bill that would strengthen the borders while providing a path to citizenship to the country’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.  The U.S. House of Representatives is now debating the Senate bill, but many conservative Republicans are not happy with the upper chamber’s version because it is tantamount to “granting amnesty to those who have violated this country’s laws.”

In his statement, Bush said, “We can uphold our tradition of assimilating immigrants, and honoring our heritage of our nation built on the rule of law.  But we have a problem.  The laws governing the immigration system aren’t working; the system is broken.”  He urged his fellow Republicans in Congress to address the issue as soon as possible.  It wasn’t clear whether Bush’s urging will have any impact in changing the minds of lawmakers opposed to the path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Meanwhile, the Democrats in Congress have remained silent on the grant of amnesty to the former president.  But sources said that while Democrats  may not want to go as far as granting amnesty to Bush, they are also weary that opposing such move might jeopardize their standing with the Latino and other immigrant communities, especially in the next elections.

As he posed for a photo with newly-naturalized citizens from Nigeria and the Philippines (see photo), the former president was asked for his reaction to the amnesty extended to him.  He simply winked his eye and blurted out, “he he.”

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THE SECESSIONIST MOVEMENT IN THE U.S. MAINLAND

Aboard Air Force One — We all remember the months leading up to the 2012 U.S. Presidential Elections when several states threatened to secede from the United States if Obama were re-elected president.  We all know what happened in the elections, but whatever happened to the secessionists? To this day, the secessionist movement has not died down and its proponents are still trying the gather enough signatures on their petitions to grant their respective states — Alabama, Texas and Florida — independence from the Union.

It now appears that the Obama administration is preparing for the inevitable secession by inviting renowned cartographers (people who draw maps) on the President’s occasional trips across the U.S. Mainland.  Confidential sources tell The Adobo Chronicles that no flight of  Air Force One is without cartographers, especially if the flight route includes Florida, Texas and Alabama.

In a leaked document which the National Security Administration seemed to have failed to stop, a “pre-emptive” map of the U.S. Mainland, drawn by the cartographers shows the U.S. Mainland without Florida and Texas.  President Obama was reportedly amused at how the map looks like without the two states.  The same confidential sources indicated that a second map found within the leaked document shows the U.S. Mainland without the state of Alabama, along with Texas and Florida.  The Adobo Chronicles was, however, unable to obtain a copy of the second map.  But here is the first map:

mapoIn a related development, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told the media he is standing by an aide, Jack Hunter, who is known for his pro-secession and pro-Confederate stance.  Paul’s comments follow a report from the conservative Washington Free Beacon about Hunter, who joined Paul’s office as social media director in 2012. Hunter worked with Paul on the 2011 book The Tea Party Goes to Washington. In his 20s, Hunter was the chairman of the League of the South, a group that “advocates the secession and subsequent independence of the Southern State from this forced union and the formation of a Southern republic,” according to the Free Beacon report.

PHILIPPINE BEER COMPANY TO BUILD AND MANAGE NEW TOLL ROAD IN MANILA

san migManila, Philippines – Southeast Asia’s largest publicly listed food, beverage and packaging company,  San Miguel Corporation,  is slated in January to start  construction work on a  Fifteen Billion Peso toll road that would connect Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport to existing expressways in the metropolis.  The project , when completed, is expected to greatly ease traffic gridlock which is an everyday occurrence  leading to and from the airport. It will also serve as a short cut to the gambling casinos along Manila Bay.

This project is part of  President Noynoy Aquino Administration’s public-private partnership, where public projects such as these are funded wholly, or in part, by private corporations, with strings attached of course.

Established in 1890 as a brewery, San Miguel Corporation has some 17,000 employees in over 100 major facilities throughout the Asia-Pacific region. It carries many brand names in the Philippine food and beverage industry, including San Miguel Pale Pilsen, Ginebra San Miguel, Monterey, Magnolia, and Purefoods. San Miguel Beer is one of the largest selling beers and among the top ten selling beer brands in the world.express

Return on Investment

As part of the signed agreement, San Miguel Corporation will invest P11 Billion in the project.  The company’s return on investment will come when it starts collecting toll along the completed sky way. It wasn’t clear whether any portion of the toll fees will go to the government.

Almost Botched

Informed sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said that there was one major roadblock to the signing of the agreement. San Miguel Corporation wanted to sell its premiere product, San Miguel Beer, at the toll booths leading up to the expressway.  Initially, the Aquino Administration objected to the idea because this would be in violation of the country’s DUI regulations.  After weeks of negotiation, however, the Aquino Administration relented, on the condition that only San Miguel Lite Beer, not the regular beer, will be sold at the toll booths.  The government also sought a concession from San Miguel Corporation which agreed to share 10% of all beer sales at the toll booths with the government.