Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – President Aquino on Monday criticized the politicians who are already gearing up for the 2016 Philippine presidential elections.
In his speech during the inauguration of a bridge and a connecting road network in Cagayan province, Aquino said talks on the next elections can wait. He said politicians should right now focus on solving the problems of the country.
Among the politicians who have been talking with the media about the 2016 polls lately was Vice President Jejomar Binay, the front-runner in the presidential surveys.
In an interview with The Adobo Chronicles, Aquino said that Binay and other presidential aspirants should at least wait until a constitutional convention is held to amend the law to allow the president to have a second six-year term.
Under the current constitution, the president is limited to one, six-year term which expires in 2016.
Aquino’s allies in Congress have been pushing to convene a constitutional convention, more popularly known in the country as Cha-Cha, to amend the law and allow Aquino to stay on as president beyond 2016. Aquino seems to be warming up to the idea.
“If the campaigning starts now, it seems I will be at a disadvantage. Let’s wait until after the constitution is amended to allow me to run for another term,” Aquino said.”It’s a matter of fairness,” he added.
Silicon Valley, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – According to latest reports, the ALS Association has raised more than $22 Million from its Ice Bucket Challenge which has taken the U.S. by storm.
Silicon Valley tech companies have counted more than 1.2 Million social media videos of Americans dousing themselves with a bucket of ice as part of the fundraising phenomenon. Many of the videos by company CEOs, celebrities, politicians and others from all walks of life make no mention of the disease they are supposedly raising funds for.
Random polls show that two-thirds of those who have taken up the Ice Bucket Challenge don’t know what ALS stands for or what the disease is all about. Are you one of those people? Take this short Adobo Chronicles poll and find out.
Bentonville, Arkansas (The Adobo Chronicles) – The country’s top giant retailers — Walmart, Costco and Target — have all reported that they have fully run out of plastic buckets in their stores and outlets. An independent investigation by The Adobo Chronicles has confirmed the disappearance of the 3, 4 and 5 gallon containers from the retailers’ store shelves across the country.
A spokesperson for the Arkansas-based Walmart said that their inventory of buckets began diminishing two weeks ago when the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge started to trend on social media. “Now, our supply is down to zero,” he said.
Costco, on the other hand, appealed to its members to stop calling customer service inquiring about the availability of plastic buckets. “There is absolutely nothing to go around and no delivery expected from our suppliers for the next six months,” it said in a statement from its corporate office in Seattle, Washington.
Estimates place the number of Ice Bucket Challenge videos posted on the Internet at 1.2 Million. “That’s 1.2 Million buckets purchased in just the last two weeks,” a spokesperson for Target said.
That, of course, is assuming each video involves just one individual.
Hardware stores are worried that they may also run out of tin buckets very soon.