Duterte To Sign ‘New’ Amnesty For Trillanes, Other Mutineers

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File photo: Trillanes, left, the mutineer (photo: ABS-CBN)

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – There has been a lot of movement in the Cabinet of Philippine President Rodrigo Dueterte this week — the same week that the filing of Certificates of Candidacy for next year’s elections started.

Spokesperson Harry Roque is out, as is Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.  Enter Salvador Panelo as the new Press Secretary and Philippine Ambassador to the United Nations Teddy Boy Locsin replacing Cayetano.

But there is another major development in the Duterte administration:  the President wants to sign a ‘new’ amnesty for Senator Antonio Trillanes and others who have been accused of mutiny. (Nicanor Faeldon, one of the mutineers, has just been appointed new Chief of the Bureau of Corrections).

Many will recall that Duterte earlier ‘voided’ a similar amnesty for the mutineers under the previous Aquino administration based on the fact that it was not signed by Aquino himself.  Trillanes could not also produce documents of his ‘admission of guilt,’ a requirement for amnesty.

But Duterte wants to give peace a chance.  All we are saying….

New  Spokesperson Panelo says that the new amnesty will be unconditional, except for Trillanes, who must accept the amnesty in writing — fully notarized — and promise to become a Dutertard.

The Adobo Chronicles tried to reach Trillanes from his hospital bed at St. Luke’s but our calls were not returned.

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Bong Go The Next Spokesperson/Press Secretary?

B7FFA271-E520-4BFC-B3A2-1F335B130670.jpegMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The most challenging of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet picks is that of Spokesperson. With his penchant for the sarcastic, extemporaneous, double-meaning and the cryptic, not one person — not even the best and brightest communicator — can seem to fill in for this position.

In the years of the Duterte Administration, there has always been confusion on what the President says or does not say, and how the people close to him have tried to interpret his musings.  Andanar. Medialdea, Panelo, Cayetano, Roque.  Hey, even Uson.

So what does it take to be Duterte’s spokesperson — and Press Secretary, now that he is about to replace PCOO with OPS (Office of the Press Secretary) ?

For starters, he needs someone who knows him from head to foot, literally and figuratively.  He needs someone who has his 100% trust. Someone who has his ear, or both ears.  Someone who knows what he is thinking.  Someone who knows the meaning of what he says.  Someone who knows when he is serious and when he’s bluffing.  Someone who is with him almost 100% of the time. Someone who has access to all his personal and officials functions.

It doesn’t matter if he is a good speaker.  As long as he speaks the truth… or is an expert in covering up the truth just to make Duterte’s critics go nuts.  What the Spokesperson says doesn’t always have to be true.  It just needs to be consistent.

We can only think of one person who fits the bill.  Bong Go.

(The opinion expressed in this piece represents exactly that — an opinion)

Adobo Chronicles Exclusive: We Have An Advanced Copy Of VP Leni Robredo’s Speech For the Washington, D.C. Leadership Forum

D4FD59BC-C1AD-4AD8-B441-D2B828B54D0FWASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – You can always rely on The Adobo Chronicles to bring you the latest, breaking news.

We have just obtained an advanced copy of the prepared speech of Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo to be delivered at a Leadership Forum sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on October 17, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

We are sharing this with our 26 Million viewers worldwide.

Here is the full speech:

Mr. Moderator, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen:

As always, it is a pleasure to have the opportunity to visit the U.S., especially your nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.

I have traveled more than 7,000 miles to be with you today.

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I am greatly honored that you have invited me to address this gathering and talk about leadership.

I know a lot about leadership.I could not have been elected Vice President without the leadership of Smartmatic.I ran in the election on the coattails of my late husband’s leadership.

But I also have my own unique brand of leadership.In my country it’s called the ‘Laylayan” leadership.It simply means I lead by making myself visible among the less-fortunate of our society.

I travel to the very corners of our nation, taking advantage of every photo opportunity that would show that I am very comfortable being in the midst of the poor, the down-trodden, the forgotten.Never mind that I am often photographed wearing designer shoes and carrying designer bags.That’s not the issue.The meat of leadership is not what I wear on the outside, but what I harbor on the inside — my commitment to uplift the livelihood of the ordinary people.That I serve “lugaw” or rice porridge is just icing on the cake for those who travel far and wide on hired jeepneys and buses just to see me.

I have said before that the Philippines’ Vice President has no real powers, except to wait for something to happen to the President.

I have been waiting for more than two years now, and am still patiently waiting.Sometimes I feel like my title should be changed from Vice President to “Lady-in-Waiting.”I like how it sounds, don’t you?

In the meantime, I try to keep myself busy by arranging for foreign travel and to address international gatherings like this one today.I could only thank my financiers here in the U.S. and other countries.I am deeply indebted to them, and they know who they are.

I have been asked to talk about leadership.

I have a prepared speech, painstakingly written by my assistant Georgina Hernandez and her team of brilliant communicators.But I choose not to read this speech today.

“Huwag nang speech.Meryenda na lang”(No more speech, just snacks.)

Thank you and more power to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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