MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Amid the confusion that greeted the implementation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA), transportation officials reminded Filipino motorists that their “line of sight” should be clear not just of electronic gadgets but also rosaries, small figurines, trinkets, and other accessories that can hinder their view of the road.
Reacting to the rosary ban, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has called on all Catholics to gather at the Luneta this coming Sunday to protest what it is calling “government intrusion in religious affairs.”
CBCP President Aristotle Villegas reminded the government that there is a constitutional mandate for the separation of church and state.
“We’ve never ever meddled in the affairs of the government, so why should it meddle with ours,” Villegas said.
Perhaps this is just a case of amnesia on the part of the CBCP head?
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – We’re coming up to Easter Sunday and many Filipino kids are looking forward to the thrill of the Easter Egg Hunt.
Just in time for this joyous holiday and fun activity, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) today issued a pastoral letter banning the use of balut for the Easter Egg Hunt.
Balut is the favorite Filipino delicacy of boiled duck embryo. It is a street food that’s been featured on the American TV show, “Survivor.”
In the letter, the CBCP said that the Catholic Church remains opposed to the killing of fetuses in an abortion because life starts at conception. “Our pro-life stance equally applies to duck 🦆 or chicken 🍗, so we must oppose the eating of duck embryos,” the statement said.
We urge our Catholic Faithful to refrain from using animal eggs, especially embryos like balut, when organizing or holding an Easter Egg Hunt. “We suggest egg-shaped chocolates,” the CBCP added.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – While it has been reported that anywhere from 4,000 to 100,000 people attended the ‘Palit-Bise’ (change of Vice President) rally at Luneta last April 2, there has not been an aerial photo of the gathering of President Duterte’s supporters published in the news media.
In contrast, anti-Duterte supporters who recently staged a ‘Palit-Presidente’ (change of President) rally released an aerial photo of their protest to counter reports that there were only a little over a dozen attendees.
The Palit-Presidente released this photo on Palm Sunday. It does show a sea 🌊 of people brandishing the opposition’s familiar yellow color, reminding their supporters and others of the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem: