Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno
Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno

Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Impeachment is a legitimate process in most democratic governments in which officials violating the constitution are tried, investigated and booted out of office. It is part of the principle of checks and balance, ensuring that the three branches of government – executive, legislative and judicial – are functioning within the rule of law.

But it is this very same legitimate process that may lead to a total government shut down in the Philippines. Top legislators are facing impeachment for unlawful use of PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund); the President faces impeachment for unlawful use of DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program); and the Supreme Court Chief Justice faces impeachment for unlawful use of JDF (Judiciary Development Fund). The common denominator of these funds is, of course, taxpayer money.

Three top senators – Juan Ponce Enrile, Bong Revilla, Jr.  and Jinggoy Estrada are now in jail for alleged participation in the 10 Billion-peso pork barrel scam, while President NoyNoy Aquino faces impeachment complaints after the Philippine Supreme Court ruled that some of his actions under DAP violated the constitution. Now, Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Serena herself is being threatened with impeachment in connection with JDF.

“So who is left to run the government?” This question is foremost in the minds of 100 Million Filipinos.

Leading political experts are predicting that with a total government shut down, the country is left with a few options: convert to a monarchy, become a militaristic state or submit to the administrative rule of the Vatican. More tham 86 percent of Filipinos are Catholic.

Incidentally, Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the Philippines next January.





800px-NaderspeakWinsted, Connecticut (The Adobo Chronicles) – Ralph Nader is a five-time candidate for president of the United States.  In 1992, he was a write-in candidate in the New Hampshire Democratic primary.  In 1996 and 2000, he was the nominee for the Green Party.  In 2004 and 2008, he ran as an independent candidate.

Now, Nader, 80, is ready to be the standard bearer for the Tea Party and this is making the Republican Party stalwarts nervous about their chances of securing the presidency in 2016.

That Nader is running again, or that he has embraced the Tea Party, is not the big news.  Rather, it is the fact that the political activist, author, lecturer and attorney is very conflicted about whom he will choose as his vice presidential running mate. He has narrowed down his choices to three — all women: former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

In an exclusive interview with The Adobo Chronicles, Nader said that having a woman as his running mate is crucial, given that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is Hillary Clinton. “We need to ensure that we have the support of women voters,” he said.

Palin, Brewer, Bachmann
Palin, Brewer, Bachmann

Explaining his conflicted mind, Nader added that “all three women are recognized leaders and have the political experience on both the state and national levels. I am very impressed with their bold and intelligent stance on issues important to the voters — from immigration, to health care, to gay rights. They are all model soccer moms. Any of the three would be a darling of the religious and conservative right as well as the sparsely-populated states in the south and midwest.”

“In terms of media appeal, they represent the spectrum of endearing personae.  They are all great public speakers and it’s hard to choose among Palin’s high-pitch tone to Brewer’s baritone voice to Bachmann’s nasal sound.  It all boils down to who is the most telegenic of the three,” Nadal said with a wink in his eye.

Nader is expected to announce his decision by the fall this year. “The early bird catches the worm,” he joked.  It was not clear which of the three women he was referring to when he made the joke.




photo (1)In a little less than two years, the Filipino people will troop to the polls to elect their next president.  While NoyNoy Aquino loyalists continue to hold on to their dream of six more years for their beloved leader, the Philippine Constitution is clear about the one, six-year term limit for the elected president.  While Vice President Jejomar Binay makes no secret about his intention to run for president in 2016, another political camp closely allied with Aquino is prepping for an all-out campaign to elect Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as the next president.

We, at The Adobo Chronicles, have decided to endorse the candidacy of Roxas.  We have all the great reasons to make this endorsement:

  • When typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit many towns, cities and provinces in Central Philippines last year, Roxas wasted no time to be on the ground, being the face of the Aquino administration, giving interviews left and right – especially with international media companies like CNN – assuring the world community that everything was under control.  Today, almost eight months since this tragedy, people are still missing; hundreds if not thousands remain homeless;  many government buildings, roads and bridges are still waiting to be  rebuilt; and jobs, especially among those who depend on fishing and agriculture, are nowhere to be found. Indeed, everything is under control.
  • When a robbery occurred in a jewelry store in one of Metro Manila’s shopping malls, Roxas was among the first to personally respond to the crime allegedly perpetrated by a notorious gang, assuring the country from inside the mall that things of this nature will not be tolerated. Today, the crime rate and gang activity have not diminished.
  • When the country experienced a severe shortage and price hikes for garlic, Roxas rushed to a warehouse in Manila, carrying a 50-kilo (110 pounds) sack of fresh garlic on his shoulder, assuring the Filipinos that they will have ample supply of garlic at affordable prices. The shortage and price hikes only got worse.
  • When the country experienced a shortage in rice, the main Filipino staple, Roxas again rushed to one of the government warehouses of the National Food Authority, carrying a 50-kilo sack of imported rice, assuring the people that they will get their daily rice in no time. Many warehouses and retail stores went empty of rice supply soon thereafter.
  • In the aftermath of a powerful typhoon that hit Metro Manila just recently, causing one of the worst traffic nightmares ever experienced by people in the metropolis, Roxas took to the streets to personally direct traffic. The gridlock escalated and Manila’s streets became virtual parking lots.

We believe that Roxas’ extraordinary dedication as a public servant and his selfless passion to solve the country’s social and economic problems make him the best qualified to be the next president of the Philippines.

Korina Sanchez and her Tsinelas Project
Korina Sanchez and her Tsinelas Project

That his wife, Korina Sanchez (yes, the same Korina Sanchez who criticized CNN’s Anderson Cooper for his coverage of typhoon Yolanda), is one of the recognizable faces on television, is definitely a plus.  She would make a great First Lady, perhaps not in terms of collecting thousands of pairs of shoes like Imelda Marcos, but rather thousands of pairs of flip flops.

Roxas and Sanchez will once again put the Philippines on the map!

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