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Aquino, left, and Roxas, during the "anointing" ceremonies in Manila this week (Photo: rapler.com)
Aquino, left, and Roxas, during the “anointing” ceremonies in Manila this week (Photo: rapler.com)

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Just days after anointing Mar Roxas as his choice of successor, Philippine President Noy Noy Aquino blamed  the Interior and Local Governments Secretary for the government’s failure to provide housing for the thousands of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) victims who were rendered homeless almost two years ago.

In a scathing report by the United Nations, the Aquino administration was given a failing grade for the dismal effort to build decent and sufficient permanent housing for those displaced by the devastating typhoon

“Many families remain housed in collective ‘bunkhouses’ that do not meet necessary minimum standards for the provision of basic needs and services,” Chaloka Beyani, U.N. special rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, said in a news conference in Manila. “I was concerned to learn that funding shortfalls and political challenges, including inadequate cooperation between national and local governments, are delaying processes towards achieving durable solutions.”

Reacting to the report, Aquino blamed this failing grade on Roxas, saying that it was the secretary’s duty to coordinate efforts between the national and local governments. “That’s why I appointed him the head the Department of Interior and Local Governments, ” he  said.

Aquino is known for blaming others for the country’s problems as well as the inefficiency and failures of his administration, but it was a shocker to blame Roxas just days after he praised him and officially endorsed him to be the next president.

Roxas could not be reached for comment, as he was busy campaigning in the remote areas of Mindanao, where there is no Internet connection or cellular signal.


Pope Francis
Pope Francis

The Vatican, Italy (The Adobo Chronicles) – Church officials in the Philippines have just publicly released the itinerary of Pope Francis when he visits the country January 15-19, 2015.

It will be a busy schedule for the charismatic leader of the Roman Catholic Church. It includes a meeting with President NoyNoy Aquino and other government officials, a visit with the victims of last year’s Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in Tacloban, a youth rally at the the oldest Catholic University in Asia (University of Santo Tomas), and a shopping spree at the SM Mall of Asia.

Upon receiving details of his Philippine schedule, Pope Francis said that he will skip the meeting with Aquino at Malacañang, the presidential palace.  Instead, the Pope said he would like to spend an extra day in Tacloban, the city hardest hit by the devastating typhoon.

In explaining his decision, Pope Francis said that it has come to his attention that Aquino had skipped a trip to Tacloban during activities commemorating the one-year anniversay of Yolanda. Many believe that Aquino’s decision was politcally motivated, Tacloban being the turf of his political nemesis, the Romualdezes (including former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos).

“I will atone for this sinful act of Aquino by spending more time with the people of Tacloban,” the pontiff said. “If Aquino wants to meet with me, he can meet me in Tacloban,” he added.


Mayor Petilla of Palo, Leyte in the Philippines (photo: ABS-CBN News)
Mayor Petilla of Palo, Leyte in the Philippines (photo: ABS-CBN News)

Vatican City, Italy (The Adobo Chronicles) – Pope Francis sent a strongly-worded letter to the mayor of Palo, Leyte in the Philippines, reprimanding her for attempting to hide the truth from the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.  The pope is scheduled to visit the Philippines next January and wants to meet with the victims devastated and rendered homeless by last year’s typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

Mayor Remedios Petilla of Palo wants to transfer 250 families living in bunk houses in Barangay Candahug to another place five kilometers away so they will not be very visible when Pope Francis visits the town in January. The families, who had been staying in the bunk houses in Candahug after their houses were destroyed by the supertyphoon on Nov. 8, 2013, would be transferred to other bunk houses in Barangay Tacuranga or permanent relocation sites ahead of the papal visit.

The transfer “is being fast tracked because of the scheduled visit of the Pope next year,” Petilla said.

Pope Francis
Pope Francis

In his letter to Petilla, Pope Francis said, “What part of ‘visiting the typhoon victims’ do you not understand? That is the primary reason I am coming to the Philippines. Do not displace them just to impress me because I am not that easily impressed, especially by those who are not truthful like yourself.”

The Vatican is considering papal visit guidelines which now include banning Mayor Petilla from coming anywhere close to the pope when he visits Leyte.