MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – With her camera crew in tow, Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo attended church this morning at St. Paul the Apostle parish church in Quezon City.
The Adobo Chronicles caught up with Robredo on her way out and we asked her what what she intently prayed for.
Robredo is facing an uphill battle in the electoral protest (recount) filed by BongBong Marcos. So far, Robredo’s lead in the 2016 Vice Presidential elections had narrowed down by 5,000 votes.
Robredo said she asked for grace and enlightment from Barsabbas, considered by Christians as one of the patron saints of elections. The other saint is Matthias.
Barsabbas and Matthias were the two who were fighting for the No. 12 spot in Jesus Christ’s apostles — to replace Judas Escariot. Matthias was ‘voted’ to take that spot.
Tsk, tsk. Robredo apparently prayed to the wrong patron saint — Barsabbas, the one who was not chosen.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – SUBJECT TO FACT-CHECKING BY RAPPLER – For Rappler and Vera Files, two is a lonely number, so a third entity was added to the fact-checking partnership with Facebook, aimed at curbing the spread of fake news on social media.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) became the third fact-checker.
Many will recall that in a pastoral letter issued last year, CBCP told Filipino Catholics that spreading fake news is a sin against charity. It listed several websites that it considered to be sources of fake or unverified information.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg could not be reached for comment, but both Rappler and Vera Files told The Adobo Chronicles that they were unhappy about the CBCP’s addition because the Catholic Church has more followers than Rappler and Vera Files combined.
Professional jealousy, eh?
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Within hours after the start of the manual recount of contested ballots in the 2016 Vice Presidential race, the camp of Bongbong Marcos already noticed something unusual: the ballots from Leni Robredo’s bailiwick pf Camarines Sur were wet.
Immediately, there were speculations of tampering over the wet ballots, not to mention missing ballot audit logs.
But the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) swiftly came to Robredo’s rescue, saying that the ballot boxes in question may have been blessed with Holy Water by Catholic priests prior to being re-opened for the manual count.
The CBCP statement was suspicious considering that Robredo was seen at a church along with nuns and other Catholic supporters prior to the start of the Supreme Court recount.
It’s one of two things: there was a miracle, or there’s something fishy going on. We suspect the latter.