DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In the U.S., news outlets can make a prediction about the winner in an election just minutes after the polls close — based on exit polls. In the Philippines, an election can be called for a candidate 15 days before the polls open.
That’s exactly what happened at last night’s third and final presidential debate held in Dagupan City, Pangasinan. It was hosted by the ABS-CBN television network which has been accused of being biased in favor of the Liberal Party. (President Aquino’s sister and talk show host was a mainstay at the network before announcing her retirement).
In the heat of the debate, ABS-CBN journalist and moderator Tony Velasquez addressed Roxas as “Mr. Vice President” to the delight of the other candidates, incumbent Vice President Jojo Binay, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senators Grace Poe and Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
One person who was not happy about the premature call was Leni Robredo who of course is the real candidate of the Liberal Party running for vice president.
So the race for president has now been reduced to four instead of five candidates.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Presidential sister and self-proclaimed Queen Of All Media Kris Aquino is hanging up the gloves. After almost 20 years with her home network, ABS-CBN, Aquino is leaving show business.
In a series of Instagram posts, Aquino said she hoped that her fans will miss her.
She explained that her decision to stay away from the limelight was prompted by what she seemed to refer to as “heart problems.”
She emphasized that her health and that of her family are more important than fame and fortune. She has decided to focus on a more healthy lifestyle — of Chinese food, burgers, barbecue, potato chips and nachos.
This was what she posted on her Instagram account:
MANILA, Philippines- In public, Kris Aquino has no qualms about letting people know that she feels guiltythat she may be the reason that the TV show “The Buzz” was cancelled after more than 15 years.
The Sunday show aired its final episode last April 5 with co-host Boy Abunda describing the cancellation as “very painful.”
Kris revealed that she had asked ABS-CBN executives if it’s possible for her not to have to work on Sundays so she could spend more time with her sons and siblings. She believes that it was her request to take Sundays off that led the network to cancel the show.
In private, however, Kris is telling all her friends that it feels very good to know that she is “very much valued” by ABS-CBN and that the network thinks that it is she that has made the show popular among its viewers.”I’m very relevant pa pala,” (still relevant) she said.
Kris and Abunda still have their nightly late night talk show together, “Aquino and Abunda Tonight.”
Inside sources at ABS-CBN said they overheard a conversation between Kris and network executives during which she reportedly said, “Don’t you think the talk show sounds much better if we renamed it, ‘Aquino Tonight?’