WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) –President Donald Trump has signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2020 that establishes a U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces—despite the Outer Space Treaty designating space as a global commons to be used for peaceful purposes.
Trump signed the NDAA flanked by top defense and military officials at a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.
Immediately following the signing ceremony, The White House unveiled the official uniform of the members of the U.S. Space Force, saying that “This is no longer Hollywood. This is for real. This is the New United States of America.
White House sources also told The Adobo Chronicles that the Trump administration’s next step is to establish a satellite office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that will process the visas of foreign nationals venturing into space. It will be temporarily housed at the existing InternationalSpace Station.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – The Office of Vice President Leni Robredo called a press conference on Monday to announce there wasn’t going to be a press conference.
Robredo was scheduled to reveal her report as the designated Drug Czar for two weeks but said she was delaying the announcement in deference to the 6.9 earthquake that hit several areas in Mindanao.
Many believe that Robredo was nevous about releasing her report allegedly because there was really nothing significant or “explosive” in it.
So, the OVP has gone into a storm watch mode, hoping that it will have yet another reason not to release the insignificant report.
As of today, PAGASA (Philippines’ weather bureau) has not announced any implending low pressure area, tropical depression or typhoon that’s anywhere near the Philippines’ Area of Responsibility (PAR),
Robredo and the OVP staff will just have to attend Simbang Gabi (Dawn masses leading up to Christmas day) in the next few days to pray for a change in the good weather.
Ang buhay ay weather-weather lang (Life is just like the weather).
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) –News media reports indicate that after the successful rehabilitation of Boracay and ongoing efforts in Palawan and other beach destinations, the government is now setting its sights on the highlands, in the country’s so-called Summer Capital, Baguio City.
The city government led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong has prohibited the cutting of trees and ordered a stop to all new construction of homes and office buildings as he sets out to turn Baguio into a “smart city,” according to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
To revive the City of Pines, the city and national governments also plan to relocate structures, mostly private homes, that have been built along the slopes, to new developments being planned in the outskirts of the city and neighboring municipalities, Puyat said.
The Adobo Chronicles has learned that part of the grand scheme is to relocate the sprawling SM Baguio Mall built on top of Luneta Hill to a still undisclosed location far from the hustle and bustle of downtown Baguio.
”Come of think of it,” Magalong said, “the reason Baguio is experienceing this horrendous traffic is because practically all roads lead to SM. Take out SM and you solve the traffic problem instantly,” he said.
In lieu of the shopping mall, the Department of Tourism will build what it is calling “Park on the Hill” which would would put to shame New York City’s Central Park.
It’s back to “The City of Pines” for Baguio!