MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Malacanang has finally broken its silence amid all the rumors and speculation arising from President Rodrigo Duterte’s health status and the unbearable pain he experienced while in Japan to attend the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito.
Photos of Duterte using a cane dominated mainstream as well as social media, prompting critics to demand that the Palace release a medical bulletin on the President.
Today, the Presidential Communications Coordinating Office (PCOO) released an unedited photo of Duterte while in Japan showing the alleged cane he was using to help him walk.
Lo and behold, it wasn’t a cane. It was a selfie stick!
Now we can all put the rumors and speculation to rest!
Congratulations, PCOO. You are finally doing your job.
CARACAS, Venezuela (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) – All the controversy regarding the travel woes of Miss Philippines Samantha Lo are much ado about nothing.
Lo, who is the Philippines’ representative to the Miss Grand International being held here, was reported to to have been barred in Paris from continuing on to Venezuela because of “passport issues.”
Reports indicate that she had a “fake” Philippine passport, having obtained it from a “fixer.”
But all that doesn’t matter. As reported by ABS-CBN News, the local pageant organizer, Binibining Pilipinas Charities, confirmed Lo had a U.S. passport, proof she is a citizen of the United States.
With all that said, U.S.A. has two candidates for the Miss Grand International Crown.
How cool is that?
CARACAS, Venezuela (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) – If it can happen to ex-Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto del Rosario and ex-Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, it can happen to the Philippines’ representative to the Miss Grand International beauty pageant.
It will be recalled that both del Rosario and Morales were barred from entering Hong Kong for passport and other issues.
Now, it appears Miss Philippines Samantha Lo was initially unable to reach the pageant’s host country — Venezuela — due to “passport issues.” (She finally made it on second try.)
Lo’s case has fueled lots of speculation and comments from beauty pageant-loving netizens, saying that this should never have happened to their beauty queen.
Some criticized the local pageant organizer, Binibining Pilipinas Charities, for not taking good care of Lo’s travel documents.
Others speculated that the government of Venezuela didn’t want Lo to join the pageant because she was a big threat to its own candidate, Miss Venezuela. The Philippines and Venezuela are often neck-and-neck when it comes to winning international beauty crowns.
Still a few Pinoys surmised that Lo was holding a Chinese passport, instead of a Filipino passport.
All unfounded rumors, of course.
We wish Miss Philippines the best of luck. Bring home the bacon, ASF-free, we hope.