MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte has bared a massive opposition network, including several yellow politicians, Catholic bishops and companies, allegedly seeking to oust President Duterte from office.
Among those mentioned in Paolo’s Facebook page were Vice President Leni Robredo, Senator Risa Hontiveros, Rappler’s Maria Ressa, FilAm Imelda Nicolas, several Catholic bishops, and companies including Jollibee.
Today, a leading mascot of Jollibee came out of his costume and denied being part of the network.
The mascot, who requested to remain anonymous on the grounds that he might incriminate himself, was seen in a photo with Robredo and several Catholic clergy which was previously posted on the Vice President’s social media account.
”I categorically deny the allegation,” the mascot said. “My role in my company is simply to promote Chicken Joy and other inexpensive Filipino fast food menus.”
THE VATICAN (The Adobo Chronices, Rome Bureau) – In a move that stunned Vatican insiders as well as the politically-inclined Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Pope Francis has formally invited Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for a private visit this month.
Duterte, who once publicly cursed Francis and who is widely criticized for his war on drugs, says he is leaning towards accepting the invitation.
Recently, the Pope urged governments to combat the production and distribution of drugs and said that it is the task of governments “to face with courage this fight against the traffickers of death.”
The invitation is a big disappointment for the CBCP heirarchy who, like Duterte’s critics and the biased mainstream news media, have accused the President of engaging in extra-judicial killings in connection with his war on drugs.
”Whatever happened to the Fifth Commandment (Thou shall not kill),” former CBCP President Socrates Villegas asked.
The Vatican told The Adobo Chronicles that the Pope wants to seek the advice of Duterte on how best to stop the proliferation of drugs around the world. A papal spokesperson said that many world leaders have tried but failed to solve the illegal drug trade, including in the Pope’s native Argentina.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Remember Kris Aquino’s infamous statement, ‘Friends na kami ni PRRD?’ It was in reaction to Malacañang’s statement that then PCOO Usec Mocha Uson would apologize to Aquino for posting a video of Ninoy Aquino being kissed by two women.
Well now, PRRD —- that is President Rodrigo Roa Duterte — has issued a similar statement about Pope Francis, saying ‘Friends na kami ni Pope Francis.’
Many will recall that in 2015, when then Mayor Duterte was running for President in the 2016 elections, had cursed the Pope who was then visiting the Philippines, for the traffic jam the Pontiff had caused in Manila.
But Francis just issued a statement that seemed to support Duterte’s controversial war on drugs.
Francis recently called on everyone to combat the production and distribution of drugs and said it is the task of governments “to face with courage this fight against the traffickers of death.”
Duterte saw that as an endorsement by the Pope of his war on drugs which many of his critics, the biased media and even the Philippine Catholic Church heirarchy have been very critical of.
Vice President Leni Robredo and others in the Opposition seem to be have been dumbfounded by the Pope’s statement that they could not find the words to issue a statement. Did they finally meet their match in the person of Pope Francis?
And has Duterte finally found a credible, infallible ally in his war on drugs?