NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) – After hearing the news that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will address the United Nations General Assembly for the first time this week, Leni Robredo has asked the world body for equal time.
Robredo said she would like to give world leaders an update of her videotaped message to the U.N. several years ago when she criticized the Duterte administration for alleged extra-judicial killings in connection with the government’s war on drugs. It was during this videotaped speech that she revealed the government’s “palit-ulo” scheme.
“Palit-ulo” involves the filing of a case with lighter charges against a suspect who comes forward to give information on his or her drug supplier or the mastermind of a drug syndicate.
But the Office of the Vice President told The Adobo Chronicles that if given the chance to address the U.N., her message will shift to a different kind of “palit-ulo.” It will be a “palit-pang-ulo,” (change the president) in reference to her 4-year-old ambition (and that of her Liberal Party) to take over the presidency from Duterte.
While Duterte’s address to the U.N. will be virtual, Robredo says she’d like to deliver her speech in person in New York City to give her the opportunity to shop for her favorite designer brands of handbags.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Vista Land, the subdivision and home development company owned by the family of Senator Cynthia Villar, has submitted a bid to construct a condo hotel (condotel) along the new Manila Sands.
Manila Sands is that portion of Manila Bay that was retrofitted with dolomite from Cebu to create a new look — white sandy beach a la Boracay.
The day before the beach opened to the public, Senator Villar visited the site with her developers to finalize the design for the tourist-oriented condotel.
”I totally see the revenue potential of this project and it is definitely in line with our company’s “Acquire, Acquire, Acquire” program to convert farmlands and prime real estate into profitable business ventures,” Villar told The Adobo Chronicles.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – One of the biggest criticism about the white sanding of Manila Bay has been timing. Many believe that spending a huge amount of money for cosmetic purposes was inappropriate at a time when the country was in a middle of a pandemic that has affected people’s health and livelihood.
The government argued that the rehabilitation of Manila Bay has been in the works, and in the budget, even before Covid-19.
But when the “new” Manila Bay was opened to the public, all of the government’s efforts to promote physical distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus went out the door. Manileños descended upon the bay to get a glimpse and to experience a Boracay moment — all to the detriment of the government’s regulations on minimum health standards.
Today, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) ordered the immediate closure of Manila Bay, vowing to keep it closed until there’s a coronavirus vaccine.
IATF’s move comes as no surprise as most of its policies in fighting Covid-19 have been consistently premised on the mantra “until there’s a vaccine.”
To those who were able to frolic in the white sand of the bay, congratulations. To the rest, see you on the other side of a Covid-19 vaccine!