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Duterte Invites US Senators Leahy, Durbin, Others To Visit Malacañang Palace

Leahy, left, and Durbin

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – A committee in the United States Senate has approved a proposal to prohibit the entry of Philippine government officials involved in the “politically-motivated” detention of Sen. Leila De Lima.

US Sen. Dick Durbin (D-ILL) lauded the US Senate’s appropriations committee for passing the amendment he proposed with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT).

In retaliation, some Philippine Senators want to ban the U.S. Senators who approved the proposal from entering the Philippines.

But President Rodrigo Duterte has a different idea altogether. He has extended an invitation to Leahy, Durbin and other members of the U.S. Senate committee to visit Malacañang, the Philippine Presidential Palace.

Duterte however clarified that he cannot ensure that the visiting American Senators would be able to leave Malacañang or the Philippines after their visit.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) may need to build more jail cells next to that of Senator De Lima.



EDSA Traffic: From Choke Points To Checkpoints

MANILA, Philippines — A study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has so far uncovered more than 300 traffic choke points in Metro Manila, according to Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Danilo Lim. He urged the Senate Committee on Public Services to focus on these chokepoints in coming up with a long-lasting solution to the traffic nightmare on EDSA and other major thoroughfares.

In response, committee chair Senator Grace Poe proposed an innovative plan that would turn these choke points into check points.

Under Poe’s plan, giant television screens will be erected in each of the chokepoints to keep motorists entertained while stuck in these bottleneck areas. “That way, commuters’ anger and frustration will be kept ‘in check,’” the Senator said.

Poe then asked the major television networks to nominate shows or teleseryes that would be shown on these giant TV screens during heavy commute hours — for a fee of course.

Immediately, ABS-CBN nominated ‘Ang Probonsiyano’ as its  contribution to these checkpoints.

The Senate committee still needs to hear from the other TV networks.



No Emergency Powers Needed: Duterte Mulls Closing EDSA For Six Months

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – He has done it before when he ordered the closure of Boracay Island for six months for rehabilitation. It worked, and he didn’t even need emergency powers to do it.

Well, President Rodrigo Duterte is doing it again. He’s seriously considering closing EDSA for six months to finally solve Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare’s unsolvable traffic problem.

”There’s really nothing to rehabilitate about EDSA,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told The Adobo Chronicles. “The idea is to get motorists accustomed to using side streets to get to and from their destinations. Once they get used to the routine, they won’t even bother to drive on EDSA even after it reopens,” he added.

Talk about mind-conditioning!

Duterte’s move is seen by many as a mockery of the incompetence of the Metro Manila Development Authority  (MMDA)  in coming up with a permanent solution to the traffic problem.

It is also seen as a slap on the face for Senator Grace Poe who refuses to grant Duterte emergency powers to deal with EDSA traffic.