SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – After an involuntary hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair returned today, Sunday, September 26.
The Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) was hoping to run into, and arrest former Commission on Elections chief Andy Bautista who is believed to have fled to San Francisco to evade arrest after being issued warrants by the Philippine Senate.
Bautista faces a complaint stemming from allegations made by his estranged wife, Patricia, that he accepted commissions on referred cases, had ghost employees, and went on questionable trips. He resigned before impeachment proceedings against him could commence in the Senate.
It was later on discovered that Bautista had flown to the US on November 21, 2017. He refused to return to the Philippines despite a subpoena to attend a Senate probe, citing “medical challenges”, and added that he never received the summons sent by lawmakers.
Bautista is reportedly a leather and BDSM fanatic, and the NBI was hoping to find him in San Francisco, at the Folsom Street Fair.
Alas, NBI didn’t run into Bautista, perhaps because health protocols of the street fair required attendees to wear face masks. It’s difficult to identify people when masked.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In the Philippines, the principle of separation of church and state doesn’t exist in the real world, especially in politics.
With an overwhelming majority of Filipino voters married to their Catholicism, no politician campaigns without invoking Divine Intervention.
The so-called Yellows constantly seek the intercession of their creation of a ”Saint Cory, “ in the hope that the late former President would shower them with blessings, and luck in their quest for public office.
Like many Yellowtards, Vice President Leni Robredo has been to many pray-overs in the company of priests, nuns and the laity.
Long before Presidential candidate Manny Pacquiao entered politics, he had openly declared that he gave up womanizing and other vices to focus on religion, and along the way, calling homosexuals ”worse than animals.”
In the midst of Presidential daughter Sara Duterte Carpio’s pronouncement that she is not seeking a national position in deference to his father who has accepted the Vice Presidential nomination of the ruling PDP-Laban party, her supporters are calling for a nine-day novena hoping that she would have a change of heart.
And now, in the heat of a word war between Pacquiao and Duterte supporter Pastor Quiboloy, the latter has threatened to run for President just so he could debate the boxer-Senator.
Is it time for the Philippines to adopt its own version of the American Pledge of Allegiance: ”One nation, under God?”