MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The debate on the West Philippines Sea (WPS) is getting weirder and weirder by the minute.
Many will recall that President Rodrigo Duterte publicly challenged former Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio to a debate. Carpio has been critical of Duterte’s actions (or inaction) on the Philippines’ claim over disputed territory in WPS.
When Carpio accepted the challenge, Duterte backed out and designated his Spokesperson, Harry Roque, to debate in his stead.
Today, Carpio announced he was designating actress Sanya Lopez as his representative to the debate. Lopez plays the role of the nanny of the children of a widower Philippine Vice President, in the GMA7 teleserye, “First Yaya.”
Carpio is confident that Lopez will perform very well in the debate, saying he will coach her prior to the event. He admitted that a Roque-Lopez match-up will be more interesting and entertaining than a Roque-Carpio debate.
BEIJING, China (The Adobo Chronicles, Beijing Bureau) – Facing criticism for his decision to be vaccinated with the Chinese vaccine Sinopharm, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is trying to do some damage control
Duterte received flak for being inoculated with a vaccine that has not yet been given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by his own Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
The first dose received by Duterte came from the 1,000 doses of the vaccine donated to the Philippines by China.
In a telephone call made to China’s President Xi Jin Ping, Duterte asked that he return 998 doses of the donated vaccine. He has received one dose and would like to retain another for his second dose.
Xi, however, said China’s policy for donated items is “no return, no exchange.” He added though that the Philippines can go ahead and throw away all the doses since they were all expired anyway.
That includes the first dose received by Duterte.