MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Senate today approved the 2018 budget for the Office of the Vice President, granting Leni Robredo a three percent increase from this year. The senators gave Robredo a P443 Million budget for next year.
Here’s a transcript of the Senate budget hearing:
Senator: So, Ma’am Leni, you are asking for a P443 Million budget for your office in 2018?
VP: That’s korek
Senator: But with all due respect, Ma’am, you yourself said that the only job of the Vice President is to wait for something to happen to the President.
VP:Yes, I did.
Senator: So why do you even need a single centavo for your office’s budget?
VP: Your honor, I have many foreign travels and speaking engagements scheduled for 2018: Rome, London, Paris, Toronto, Sydney and many more…
Senator: Oh, okay. Mr. Chair, I move to approve the almost half a billion 2018 budget requested by the Vice President.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It was meant to be a reprise of the thousands upon thousands of people who came out to Manila’s streets to mourn the murder of Senator Ninoy Aquino, as well as the millions who took to EDSA during the People Power Revolution that ousted the late Ferdinand E. Marcos.
The Liberal Party and the rest of the groups opposed to President Rodrigo Duterte had hoped to make this special holiday an opportunity to display Yellow power as a prequel to the ouster of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
And so it happened. EDSA was a virtual parking lot on this Ninoy Aquino Day, a traffic nightmare never before experienced by Metro Manila commuters.
No, it wasn’t because a million pro-Aquino and anti-Duterte people rallied at the EDSA monument. Rather, it was because of heavy rains that marked the holiday.