Category Archives: The Media

PCOO’s Andanar, DOH’s Duque On The Way Out?

B1CD622F-2629-44DA-816B-7E3D18EBC92BMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It came straight from the horse’s mouth — the horse being Secretary Martin Andanar:  President Rodrigo Duterte is taking over the functions of the Presidential Communications Coordinating Office (PCOO) and the Department of Health (DOH).

Yesterday, Andanar proudly announced tht Duterte will help in the info drive on vaccination and that the government will fully enforce the immunization law.

Duterte’s move came in the wake of an outbreak in Measles in the National Capital Region and other areas of the country.  Many have said that the outbreak is the result of parents refusing to have their children vaccinated for fear of serious risks similar to what happened in the botched Dengvaxia vaccination program launched by the PNoy administration.  Some 800,000 schoolchildren were vaccinated with Dengvaxia.

The Adobo Chronicles reached out directly to Duterte — without the knowledge of Andanar and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo — and he told us:

”Mga p*tang *nang mga yan.  Laki ng pasahod ko sa kanila pero di nila ginagawa yung dapat na trabaho nila. Nagpapalaki lang sila ng mga b—— (inaudible).”

Does this signal the possibility that both Andanar and DOH Secretary Francisco Duque are on their way out?


Senators Hontiveros, Sotto Want to Ban Porn On The Internet… And Promote Condom Use

1D38B71A-0EE4-4A5D-AC0B-AAEF964F1C82MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Senators Risa Hontiveros and Tito Sotto have both publicly come out supporting the banning of porn on the Internet.

A proposed legislation by Hontiveros says that  banning Internet porn would lead to the reduction of teen-pregnany in the country.

Time to put a condom over those smart phones, tablets, computers and television sets.  The Internet Police is coming to get you!

BBC’s Stephen Sackur Interviews Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (Part 1)

4E32BFB5-1F67-4481-B128-126905DD422B.jpegLONDON, Great Britain (The Adobo Chronicles, Berlin Bureau) – Ousted Philippine Supreme Court Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is taking her case to the news media, making the rounds of television shows both in the Philippines and abroad.

She was interviewed by BBC’s Stephen Sackur on the latter’s ‘Hard Talk’ program.

While the interview is still scheduled to be aired at an undisclosed date, The Adobo Chronicles was able to obtain a copy of the broadcast’s transcript, thanks to our man in London, Crispulo Bacud Tappa.

Here’s Part 1 of the interview:

SACKUR:  Welcome to HARDTALK….Madam Maria Lourdes Sereno.

SERENO: Thank you,  Mr. SACKUR. It’s a pleasure to be here on  HARDTALK. 

SACKUR: Let’s get to the point as we have only 15 minutes airtime. How has it affected you that you have been ousted as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines?

SERENO: Before we go any further, can we pray and invoke the presence of the Lord in this  episode? (Hearing this, Sackur makes the sign of the cross as Madam Sereno mumbles a prayer.)

SERENO: In my Christian belief,  we don’t make the sign of the cross. In fact, in my Chamber, whenever we met, I did not allow that practice among my colleagues.

To answer your question, I insist that it was not legal for my co-equals to judge me via Quo Warranto as my case was best  handled by the Senate being an impeachable officer. 

SACKUR: Well, it looks like the justices knew what they were doing applying the rule of ab initio, finding that you were not qualified from the start. That implies that you usurped the position of Chief Justice. You arrogated unto yourself the powers and authority that was not yours from day one of your asumption into office. 

SERENO: Well, that was their opinion but certainly the Senate would probably have a different opinion given a chance to try my case.

SACKUR:  You were a classmate of Ex PNoy. Did that have any bearing at all in your appointment as Chief Justice?

SERENO: I don’t deny that. We have what we call an informal grouping called KKK.

SACKUR: (Surprised) You mean KU KLUX KLAN?


KABARILAN, (we shoot together)

KACLASSMATE, (we are classmates)

KAKURAKUTAN (We are Corrupt Altogether)

SACKUR: I don’t understand. Please elaborate.

SERENO: In school where we came from, we were trained to be businessmen first and foremost. So, even if PNoy and I had different educational backgrounds, our primordial goal was to make hay while in the government service. We scratched each other’s back. As a lawyer, I gave PNoy sound legal advise to protect his family’s business interest and in return he gave me a lot of opportunities to make my own dough such as when he assigned me to lawyer for the government in the PIATCO case. And later, he  arm-twisted JBC, which broke all rules, and made sure that I got appointed as the youngest Chief Justice.

SACKUR: I see, but there is a time in your life that you should be able to say no to  corruption,  isn’t it?

SERENO: Politics in the Philippines is like swimming in a river. You have a choice to swim with or against the current. Once you are in it, it is a battle for survival. If you want to survive, you need to cling to those who are in power. Resistance will not save you. It will leave you politically and economically dead. 

For Part 2 of the interview, click link below: