Quezon City, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – President Aquino, in a highly-emotional SONA (State of the Nation Address) , challenged the Filipino people to begin looking beyond his administration and decide who will continue – or stop – his reform and transformation agenda in 2016.
After listing achievements made possible by continuing reforms of his administration in the past four years, Aquino concluded his speech with a challenge to the people to make sure they continue to reap the fruits of these reforms by choosing the right leader to succeed him.
“We know who is going to a stop my reforms,” Aquino said as he looked directly into the eyes of Vice President Jejomar Binay. “And we know who will continue my reforms,” he said, this time looking directly into the eyes of his sister, television host Kris Aquino who was seated at the VIP gallery. At that point, television cameras caught the presidential sister bursting into tears, while the Vice President excused himself for a bathroom break.
Interviewed by The Adobo Chronicles after the SONA, Kris said she could not hold back her tears. “They were tears of joy — joy over the great confidence that my brother has put on me to continue his daang matuwid (the right path), this administration’s rallying cry and mantra.”
In a lighter moment during the interview, Kris was asked what nickname she would like to be called when she becomes president. “In the family tradition where my dad was called Ninoy and my brother NoyNoy, I would love to be called KringKring,” she said, this time with a big smile on her face.
San Francisco, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Buoyed by an earlier approval to include in November’s ballot a proposed two-cent tax per ounce of sodas, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed another measure in its war against sugar.
The new measure, which passed 6-4, will ask San Francisco voters to approve a new city law that would ban Starbucks and other coffee outlets from serving or offering sugar or whipped cream with their coffee. Tall, grande or venti, only black coffee will be be sold at these outlets, and no sugary enhancements, according to the proposed regulations.
“We want San Francisco to take the lead in the fight against obesity and diabetes,” said board president David Chiu.
Asked by The Adobo Chronicles how far the city is willing to go in this healthy obsession, Chiu said: “This is just the beginning. If the two measures are approved by voters in November, we will go after cake shops and ice cream parlors next. We are very confident that with voter support, San Francisco can go totally sugar-free by 2020.”
Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – At 12:35 a.m., July 17, baby Chonalyn (some media outlets spelled it as ‘Jennalyn’) was born at a local hospital in Manila, making her the 100 Millionth Filipino.
But there is a big problem. Ninety nine other babies were born at exactly the same time at other hospitals and homes all over the country, and all parents want to claim the historic, official title for their newly-borns.
As a result, the parents have hired personal attorneys and are suing the Commision on Population (POPCOM) and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to lay claim to the much-sought after title.
According to one lawsuit, “the title of 100 Millionth Filipino comes not only with honor and prestige, but the promise of popularity and wealth for the child.” Given what’s stake in the official title, the lawsuits may take months or even years to resolve and may eventually find their way to the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, baby Chonalyn received a prize of 5,000 pesos worth of in-kind goods. The cost to her parents for the hospital delivery: 30,000 pesos. Had it been through C-section, it would have cost them twice as much.