Manila, Philippines – The lawyers for Janet Lim-Napoles, principal suspect in the 10 Billion-peso pork barrel scam, have asked the Philippine Supreme Court to grant their client hospital arrest in lieu of imprisonment at a high-security military camp south of the Philippine capital. Napoles says she was confident that her petition will be granted by the highest court of the land based on her current medical condition.
In papers filed with the court, Napoles listed the following symptoms and illnesses she is currently experiencing: toothache, pain in her ring finger, athlete’s foot, sore throat, sinus infection, hair loss, lack of sleep, lack of appetite, multiple mosquito bites, shrinking waste line, heartburn, sunburn, loss of weight and extreme sadness. Her lawyers argued that remaining in the prison suite will only make matters worse for their client and asked the court to grant the petition on humanitarian grounds.
The Supreme Court is compelled to take up Napoles’ petition because there has been a precedent of hospital arrest. Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo remains in hospital arrest at the government’s Veterans Memorial Medical Center for charges of plunder. Refusing to take up Napoles’ case would subject the court to charges of discrimination.
Manila, Philippines – The Chief of Staff of the Philippines’ Armed Forces has accused the Chinese Coast Guard of firing water cannons at Filipino fishermen to drive them away from the disputed Scarborough Shoal. General Emmanuel Bautista told reporters that the incident happened last January 27.
The Philippines and China both claim sovereignty over the territory located in the South China Sea, believed to be oil-rich.
The United States, a long-time ally of the Philippines, has declared that it will not get involved in the territorial dispute. However, the Philippines and the U.S. have an existing treaty under which the U.S. is obliged to help its ally if it is attacked. The U.S. State Department is still assessing whether the firing of water cannons would be considered an “attack.”
Asked by The Adobo Chronicles how the Filipino fishermen responded to the water cannon firing, Gen. Bautista said: “Of course, an eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth! The fishermen fired back with their water pistols.”
Santa Ana, California – As signatures are being gathered for a proposed ballot initiative that would divide California into six separate states, Republican leaders are urging the ballot proponents to add a seventh – the State of Orange. That means the current Orange County in southern California.
Orange County, with a population of more than three million –making it the sixth most populous county in the United States — is one of the few remaining California bastions of the Republican party, along with a couple of counties in Central California. Of Orange County’s six congressional representatives, all but one are Republican. The lone Democrat is Loretta Sanchez of the 47th Congressional District.
“It is about time we had a red state in the west coast of the U.S.,” the Republican leaders said. Orange county is known for its political conservatism and three Orange County cities (City of Orange, Garden Grove and Huntington Beach) are among America’s most conservative.
The Adobo Chronicles learned that should Orange become its own state, the Republican leaders want the State Capitol to be located in Anaheim, right inside Disneyland. They have even decided on a state meme, “The Magic State,” with Mickey Mouse gracing the official state seal.
Currently, the City of Santa Ana serves as the county’s government center.
The current ballot initiatives proposes to divide California into these six states: South California, West California, Central California, Silicon Valley (which would include San Francisco), North California and finally, Jefferson.