LOS ANGELES, California (The Adobo Chronicles, L.A. Bureau) – The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has issued as subpoena to Rodrigo Duterte to appear in California to explain what police found to be the Philippine President’s fake driver license. The California ID was found in an undisclosed location, and it had the President’s photograph. The license was under the name of a “Norman D.”
LAPD told The Adobo Chronicles that it has launched an investigation for possible violation of federal and state laws on falsification of public documents.
“It’s either Duterte stole and faked the license of Norman D, or Norman D faked his license using Duterte’s photo,” LAPD said.
The LAPD acknowledges that it would be very difficult for Duterte to personally appear in California because of current Covid-19 travel restrictions, particularly for senior citizens. Duterte turns 76 on March 28. However, the Department said Duterte can designate an alter ego who is able to travel and personally appear in Los Angeles as soon as possible.
When asked about the subpoena, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said, “Hindi ko po alam. Wala pong nabanggit ang Pangulo sa akin.” (I don’t know. The President has not mentioned anything to me.)
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo is not one to shy away from any challenge, especially if the result will boost her standing as a potential successor to Rodrigo Duterte.
Robredo is always critical of the Duterte administration’s moves and policies, including those related to the country’s quest for Covid-19 vaccines which has been shaky at best.
Last night, Duterte challenged the VP to go procure vaccines for the Filipinos, saying “Kunin mo basket mo, mamalengke ka sa labas ng bakuna. Bigyan kita ng pera.” (Get your basket, go to the market to buy vaccines. I’ll give you money.)
So this morning, Robredo, with her Louis Vuitton handbag filled with pesos, took the first available flight out to the United States to do just that — buy vaccines from the West.
A spokesperson for the Office of the Vice President told The Adobo Chronicles that Robredo hopes to come back with millions of doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson vaccines. She also intends to make a side trip to the United Kingdom in the hope of procuring more doses of AstraZeneca.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – Following the Chinese government’s ban on BBC’s broadcasting in the country, HardTalk’s Stephen Sackur has turned to the Philippines for his trademark hard-hitting segments.
Sackur had previously interviewed former Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, both of which turned out to be an embarrassment for the interviewees.
The Adobo Chronicles has learned that Sackur has extended an invitation to Vice President Leni Robredo for an exclusive, one-on-one interview sans prepared statements or coaching from her spokespersons and speechwriters.
But alas, Robredo declined the invitation, but she graciously invited Sackur for a merienda,, or snacks, at the VP Residence at the Boracay Mansion in Quezon City.
Robredo promised to exempt Sackur from all Covid-related travel restrictions imposed by her country’s Inter-agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) for foreign nationals.