MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – As part of its no-nonsense campaign to rid Metro Manila’s roads and highways from traffic obstruction, agents of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) yesterday arrested dozens of Filipino commuters for blocking a major thoroughfare (see photo).
Those arrested were released later after they argued with police that they weren’t blocking the road. They were blocking the sun.
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – The controversial makeover of Manila Bay by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is nothing compared to what the agency did in Baguio City.
DENR has imported white sand/dolomite from Cebu and dumped it on part of the beach at Manila Bay. The move has elicited not just a few criticism from environmentalists as well as politicians and netizens.
In Baguio, DENR has replaced the murky water at the city’s Burnham Lake with water imported from the Pacific Ocean, and the result was amazing. The lake now sparkles with blue water, providing a scenic backdrop for the for-hire paddle boats that Burnham Park is famous for.
So far, there have been no complaints from Baguio residents.
The lake’s new look awaits tourists as the city begins to open up outside tourism later this month.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Court of Appeals has decided that Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is not leaving on a jet plane because it does not know if and when she’ll be back again.
Sounds like that famous song by the late John Denver?
The Court on Wednesday junked a petition by Ressa, a dual Filipino and American citizen, to travel to the United States.
In a seven-page Resolution dated August 18, 2020, the Court denied Ressa’s petition for failure to prove that her travel abroad was necessary and that she was not a flight risk. Ressa was convicted of cyber libel early this year.
Ressa has a penchant for mouthing template soundbites like “weaponizing the law,” “we will hold the line,” “suppression of press freedom” and “death by a thousand cuts.”
May we suggest that she add: “weaponizing the law to curtail my Freedom of Movement?”