TOKYO, Japan (The Adobo Chronicles, Tokyo Bureau) – Congratulations and well wishes have been pouring in from world leaders for Japan’s new prime minister but nothing like the virtual greeting that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sent over to Yoshihide Suga.
The 5-minute zoom call between the two leaders ended with Duterte flashing his trademark fist bump. Suga was thrilled to return the gesture.
And so began Duterte’s Philippine opponents’ outpouring of criticism against the popular head of state. “Duterte, tuta ng Japan,” they cried. (Duterte, puppet of Japan).
DDS (Duterte Die-hard Supporters) countered with their own messages to the Opposition: “Eat your heart out!”
BRUSSELS, Belgium (The Adobo Chronicles, Berlin Bureau) – The Philippines may not become the 51st state of the United States but it could become the 28th state of the European Union (EU).
EU has taken a deep interest in the Philippines because of its strategic location in Asia Pacific, a region that the Union considers crucial to its global economic and other strategies.
EU is an economic and political union of 27 countries and operates a single, internal market which allows free movement of goods, capital, services and people between member states. It used to have 28 member states before Great Britain withdrew from the alliance.
The latest intervening move of EU was to pass a resolution demanding the release from prison of Opposition Senator Leila De Lima, whom the Union believes could succeed President Rodrigo Duterte whose term ends in 2022.
Sources at EU told The Adobo Chronicles that De Lima is perceived to be an ally and, if elected the next President, could help facilitate the entry of the Philippines into the Union to replace Great Britain.
After Brexit, there’s Philentry.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Starting Friday at 5:00 a.m., Filipinos may not find any pan de sal in their favorite bakeries or neighborhood sari-sari stores.
The National Association of Pan de Sal Bakers (NAPSB) has announced that its more than 1 Million members will go on a nationwide strike, in protest of the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement that it was banning the sale, purchase and consumption of Reno liver spread. FDA said the brand, which has been in existence for more than half a century, has not registered with the regulatory agency.
Reno liver spread has been a favorite of Filipino households, across all social classes, being a secret ingredient for popular dishes like kaldereta and adobo, as well as the choice spread for pan de sal, the inexpensive breakfast bun.
The NAPSB told The Adobo Chronicles that the nationwide strike will last until the FDA reverses its decision/announcement regarding this well-loved Filipino version of the paté.