imageManila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – A civil war is brewing in the Philippines. Not the kind of violent or destructive civil war that we have seen in many places worldwide.  Rather, it is a war of colors – colors of the ribbon.

Last week, amid declining popularity as confirmed by recent polls, the beleaguered President NoyNoy Aquino appealed to the Filipino people to show their support for him and his administration by wearing yellow ribbons.  The yellow ribbon has been closely identified with the political opposition in the country, especially during the time of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos.  Yellow was the battle cry of Cory Aquino who ascended to the presidency when Marcos fled the country. Her son NoyNoy campaigned on yellow of course.

But NoyNoy’s appeal seemed to have backfired.  Not only are Filipinos not wearing as much yellow ribbon as Aquino would have wanted, but they are wearing other ribbon colors.

Those who believe that their loyalty is to the country and not to the president are wearing ribbons bearing the colors of the Philippine flag — red, white and blue.  Others are urging their countrymen to wear black or grey ribbons to symbolize the demise of decency and honesty in the ranks of political leaders — from senators and congressmen to the president.  Still, many are sporting peach-colored ribbons which they say represent the growing clamor to imPEACH Aquino for his actions recently declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

In the last few days, many Filipinos have also been seen wearing rainbow-colored ribbons.  At first, it was thought that they represented gay men and women who were against Aquino.  It turns out these were folks belong to Catholic churches who continue to express optimism that when the dust settles and all the political conflicts are finally resolved either by the snail-paced justice system or through people power, the Philippines will be back to normal just like most other democracies. “Doesn’t the rainbow always follow a heavy downpour?” they asked.

So if you plan to visit the Philippines in the near future, you may have to pick your favorite color and  hang out with others sporting the same ribbon that you have on your collar, front shirt pocket or  baseball cap. No matter how you look at it, “It’s More Fun In The Philippines!”




Atlanta, Georgia (The Adobo Chronicles) – While more and more states are recognizing same-sex marriage, a new government study has revealed a very disturbing trend: the U.S. gay population is shrinking!

Based on 2013 data from the Centers for Disease Control, 96.6% of U.S. adults identified as straight, 1.6% identified as gay or lesbian, and 0.7% identified as bisexual. The remaining 1.1% of adults identified as ‘‘something else,’’ stated ‘‘I don’t know the answer,’’ or refused to provide an answer.

The numbers are significantly lower than the decades-long statistics generally used to estimate the number of gay men and women, based on internationally-recognized theories by Alfred Kinsey, an American biologist and sexologist who is one of the authors of the Kinsey Reports. Parts of the Kinsey Reports regarding diversity in sexual orientation are frequently used to support the common estimate of 10% for homosexuality in the general population.

As a result of the new study, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC),  the largest LGBT national advocacy organization, has announced that it was  cutting its staff by 7% and reducing its annual operating budget by almost half. “With lesser gay men and women, it simply makes sense for us to scale down our programs and operations, ” an HRC spokesperson said.

Many LGBT Americans were relieved by the HRC announcement, saying that it is about time they received less mails and emails from HRC asking for contributions and donations.





Sarah Palin: image of a strong president?
Sarah Palin: image of a strong president?

Washington, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – Former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin appears to be stealing the limelight from her fellow Republicans who are in official positions in government.

First, she challenged Congress to impeach Barack Obama for what she called “illegal activities” of the president — from Obamacare, to Benghazi, to the VA healthcare scandal.  She thought members of Congress do not have “the guts” to initiate impeachment proceedings.  That didn’t sit well with Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders.

Now, fed up with the U.S. immigration issue capped in recent weeks by the border crisis involving unaccompanied children from Central America, Palin proposed what she thinks is the perfect solution:  reinstate the draft.

For more than 50 years, Selective Service and the registration for America’s young men have served as a backup system to provide manpower to the U.S. Armed Forces.  From 1948 until 1973, during both peacetime and periods of conflict, men were drafted to fill vacancies in the armed forces which could not be filled through voluntary means.  The draft formally ended in 1973.

Palin’s idea is to deploy American citizens recruited through the draft to line the entire perimeter of all U.S. borders with Mexico. Based on her expert calculation, the most effective way to deter unauthorized U.S. entry  through the borders is to station one draftee for every five feet of the border. “Now, that would make it impossible for unauthorized immigrants to slip through,” she said. “It will be a round-the-clock guarding and surveillance of the borders, with the draftees working on 8-hour shifts,” she added.

The U.S.-Mexico border spans a total of 1,954 miles or 10,317,120 feet.  With a draftee stationed every 5 feet, the border would need 2,063,424 draftees at any given time. Multiplied by three, 8-hour shifts, the total personnel required to secure the border is 6,190,272.

With her recent public statements, many suspect that Palin is trying to resurrect her visibility in preparation to run for president in 2016. She was quoted recently saying that if she became president, women will be included in the draft.  “I believe in equality,” she said.


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