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Aquino's Facebook page (screen grab)
Aquino’s Facebook page (screen grab)

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – In his most critical statement about Facebook and social media  to date, Philippines President NoyNoy Aquino urged Filipino studens to “Open books before opening Facebook.”

On Friday, April 17, at the turnover ceremony of two new 3-story school buildings at the Tarlac National High School, Aquino  told students the government is working hard to secure their future – and asked that the youth do their part.

“Embrace the opportunities presented to you with hard work. I’m sure you’ve heard this many times from your parents but this time it comes from the President of the Philippines: Study hard. All the support is there, but I cannot learn for you,” he said.

“ Finish your homework before the raid in Clash of Clans. Because like I said, you will be the one to continue all this,” Aquino said

Immediately after his speech, Aquino returned to Manila and signed an executive order authorizing the Philippines’ Telecommunications Agency (PTA) to block Facebook access by all Filipinos under the age of 21. The E.O. also deputizes the National Bureau of Investigation and Philippine National Police to ensure the strict implementation of the new law.

Aquino, however, said that his Facebook page is exempted from the order which means that Filipinos of all ages are free to access the presidential page.

To date, Aquino’s Facebook page has 4 Million followers. That’s a disappointing 4 % of the entire population of the Philippines which critics say is an accurate reflection the president’s very low performance rating.


Image: Getty
Image: Getty

Washington, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – Sources close to Barack Obama have all but confirmed that the President is preparing to issue an executive order that would, among other things, halt the deportation of some 5 Million undocumented immigrants.

Many will recall that in 2012, Obama issued a similar EO halting the deportation of hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. It was known as DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The new order, which the President is expected to issue upon his return from his trip to Asia, will allow undocumented parents of children born in the U.S. to remain in the country and have the opportunity to apply for some legal status.

If and when issued, this new executive order will put the President in direct confrontation with Republican Senators and Congressmen who have vowed to stop Obama from bypassing the legislature when it comes to changes in immigration policy.

Legal experts say that Congress cannot overturn an executive order but it can refuse to fund activities stemming from all or parts of it, which makes it a challenge to the Obama administration when it comes to implementing the order.

Enter the Waltons – the billionaire owners of Wal-Mart, the largest private employer in the United States.

Wal-Mart is infamous for its unfair labor laws and employment practices ranging from wage law violations, inadequate health care, exploitation, and its anti-union stance.  But the Waltons have sent signals to the White House that if Congress refuses to fund Obama’s immigration Executive Order, Wal-Mart will provide all the needed funds for implementation. The Waltons are worth a combined total of $152 Billion as of July, 2014.

What’s in it for Wal-Mart? Well, that’s 5 Million potential workers they can employ under substandard labor conditions, which means increased profits for the company.  In no time, Wal-Mart can recoup whatever amount it spends to fund Obama’s immigration order.

Once again, the Republicans have been out-smarted. Obama wins. Unfortunately, so does Wal-Mart.


CaptureWashington, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – George W. Bush may no longer be president of the United States, but he still wields the power to issue executive orders, albeit under the signature of another president.

President Obama on Monday signed an executive order expanding protections for federal workers and contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation.

“In too many states and in too many workplaces, simply being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender can still be a fireable offense,” Obama said.  “So I firmly believe that it’s time to address this injustice for every American.”

Bush, who is vacationing at the Bush family ranch in Texas, was asked by reporters for his reaction to the new executive order.  “I am happy to do my share in the executive order,” Bush said, “and I commend President Obama for his willingness to collaborate with me in issuing the order.”

Obama’s executive order maintains a provision from a 2002 executive order signed by Bush that exempts religious organizations that discriminate based on religious beliefs. Leaders of both the religious right and the LGBTcommunity have praised the new executive order, saying that never in the history of the United States have they seen two presidents belonging to opposing political parties working together to issue an executive order on a highly controversial issue such as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.

Meanwhile, advocates for comprehensive immigration reform have expressed the hope that Bush and Obama will also work closely together to issue an executive order to grant amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants currently in the country.

Many will recall that in 2002, Bush issued Executive Order 13269 on the expedited naturalization of aliens and noncitizen nationals serving in and active-duty military status during the war on terror. “Perhaps this time, Bush can co-sign an Executive Order with Obama to finally solve our broken immigration system,” the advocates said.