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Duterte Orders Closure of Balesin Island

(Photo from website of Balesin Island Resort)

BALESIN ISLAND, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) –  First it was Boracay Island that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered closed for rehabilitation.  Now it’s Balesin Island.

The closure order came just hours after yet another Filipino celebrity wedding was held on the island — that of television host Billy Crawford and model/actress Coleen Garcia.

For tourists and Filipinos unfamiliar with Balesin Island,  it is a tropical island paradise with 7.3 kilometeres of pristine white-sand beaches. It is located off the eastern coast of Luzon in the Philippines.

The island and the unique, members-only, private leisure getway — Alphaland Balesin Island Club —can be reached through a 25-minute plane ride from Manila.

The unique, members-only, private leisure getaway — Alphaland Balesin Island Club

Master-planned by EcoPlan of Miami, Florida, USA, Balesin Island Club was designed with the environment uppermost in mind and to be in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings. Water harvesting, 80% water recycling, a reverse osmosis plant, on-site eco-friendly transportation, organic farming, and alternative sources of energy reduce the amount of waste and ensure sustainable development on this beauty of an island—without scrimping on luxurious, top-notch facilities. The club aims to enhance everything in its environment: the lushness of the large forest sanctuary and the promulgation of the surrounding marine sanctuaries.

Duterte’s closure order had nothing to do with the environment.  Rather, it was closed because it represents the opulence, hypocrisy and arrogance of the Philippines’ top one percent —oligarchs and filthy-rich Filipinos who exploit the country’s natural beauty to cling on to their power and influence.

Sources close to the President said that he is planning to include Balesin Island part of his Administration’s land reform program.

Crawford-Garcia Wedding (Instagram)




Roque: No Videoke Bars In Boracay

File photo (Adobo Chronicles)

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – There will be no new casino built in Boracay despite the “provisional license” granted to a Chinese gaming firm, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Wednesday

In a press conference in Hong Kong, Roque said that President Rodrigo Duterte was clear in the interview he gave on Monday that he would not allow a casino in Boracay.

In addition, Roque said that when Boracay re-opens after rehabilitation, there will also be no karaoke or videoke bars.

”The President wants to restore the serenity of the beach resort, not to mention that videoke bars could be deadly for both tourists and locals.”

It has been proven that fatal shootings occur in many videoke bars in the Philippines, especially after patrons sing Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way.’

Leni Robredo’s Speech At London School Of Economics Lukewarmly Received

183A0D0D-9C02-4AED-AA06-4D01EBCE4D69.jpegLONDON, United Kingdom (The Adobo Chronices, Berlin Bureau)- Organizers of Leni Robredo’s speaking engagement at the London School of Economics (LSE) must be twisting and turning in bed tonight following the lukewarm reception extended to the Philippine Vice President.

Outside, a group of London Filipinos staged a protest rally, calling Robredo a ‘fake VP’ and expressing disgust over news from back home that the recount of votes in the 2016 VP Elections was marred with discovery of wet ballots and missing vote logs.

D98EE2B8-CBBD-4F17-9742-3A0A940A079AInside, Robredo tackled the issue of politics and its role in alleviating poverty.  She talked about her programs distributing free lugaw (rice porridge) to poor Filipinos.

Sources present at Robredo’s speech told The Adobo Chronicles that leading economists and some students in attendance walked out in the middle of her talk. They expected a more scholarly speech and were clearly disappointed.