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L-R: Imelda Marcos, Estrada, Bongbong Marcos, Juan Ponce Enrile
L-R: Imelda Marcos, Estrada, Bongbong Marcos, Juan Ponce Enrile

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – After so much speculation, Bongbong Marcos, son of the late Ferdinand Marcos, has finally declared that he is running to become Vice President of the Philippines.

He is not affiliated with any of the political parties that are fielding candidates for the 2016 elections, which begs the question, is he reviving his father’s Kilusang Bagong Lipunan  (Movement for a New Society), or KBL?

Judging from who was by his side when he made the announcement of his candidacy, the younger Marcos seems to have signaled the return of KBL, the ruling — and practically the only – political party during the Martial Law years.

There was his mother Imelda Romualdez Marcos, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, and Ferdinand Marcos’ Defense Secretary and now Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

Among the three of them, their combined ages add to a total of 255 years, prompting critics to speculate that the “new” KBL will stand for Kilusan Bangon Libingan (Movement for Rising from the Grave).

If the young Marcos’ age is added to the total, it would almost be equal to the three centuries that Spain colonized the Philippines.



MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Outside of The Vatican, the Philippines is now the only country in the world that denies divorce to the majority of its citizens. It is the last straggler among the most devout of Catholic countries where the church has fought hard to enforce the sanctity of marriage.

Not even Pope Francis, who visited the Philippines earlier this year, seems to be able to soften the stance of the country’s dual-faced politicians and ultra conservative church leaders.(Francis has urged his bishops to take a more forgiving stance toward divorced Catholics. But with divorce being illegal in the Philippines, Francis’ appeal is a moot point.)

Today,  Philippine senators have rejected a proposal to legalize divorce in the Philippines despite surveys showing majority of Filipinos agreed to legalize “irreconcilably separated” couples.

Many legislators admitted that a divorce law would have little to no chance of passing both houses of congress. President Aquino, a devout Catholic, had previously said he does not favor divorce.

In an alternative move, Senator Bongbong Marcos, with full support from his fellow legislators from all sides of the aisle, said he will introduce a bill that would legalize philandering. “It already is a widespread practice in the country,” Marcos said, ” we might as well make it part of the law of our land.”

It is common knowledge that many Filipino politicians are certified philanderers.

Not everyone is happy about the proposed new bill.  Wives of philandering politicians said they will vigorously oppose it. Mistresses of philandering politicians are undecided whether or not to support the bill. They are afraid that their secret affairs with the politicians will be made public once the bill becomes law.


Red vs. Yellow: Bongbong Marcos, left, and Kris Aquino
Red vs. Yellow: Bongbong Marcos, left, and Kris Aquino

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – In the U.S., presidential politics is shaping up to be a Clinton-Bush-Clinton-Bush affair.  In the Philippines, it’s likely to be Marcos-Aquino-Marcos-Aquino.

After four years of the older Bush (George H.W.) and eight years of the younger Bush (George W.); and after eight years of Bill Clinton, the 2016 U.S. presidential elections is likely to be a contest between another Bush and another Clinton – Jeb and Hillary.

The Philippines seems to be mimicking its former colonial master.  After twenty years of Marcos’ rule  (Ferdinand, Sr.)  and six years a piece for the older Aquino (Cory) and her son (NoyNoy), the 2016  presidential elections could possibly be a contest between another Marcos and another Aquino – Bongbong (Ferdinand, Jr.) and Kris (NoyNoy’s sister).

It will be up to the intelligent Filipino voter to make the difficult choice between matuwid na daan (straight path), and baluktot na daan (crooked path). Matuwid na daan is the NoyNoy administration’s battle cry.

The question is, who — between Bongbong and Kris — will follow which path? What color will the voters choose? Red (Marcos loyalists) or yellow (Aquino fanatics)?

Let the games begin!

(Actually, the games have begun. Marcos’ resume is now being scrutinized as far as his Oxford and Wharton degrees are concerned, while Aquino’s love life is taking center stage  — largely through her own doing).