HOLLYWOOD, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Heneral Luna may have failed in its bid to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, but hopes are still high that Luna will be elected next president of the Philippines.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today released the “first cut” list of foreign film submissions that still have the chance of being nominated for the Oscars, and Heneral Luna was not one of them.
But in the field of Philippine presidential politics, where all the declared candidates (Jejomar Binay, Grace Poe, Mar Roxas, Rodrigo Dueterte and Mirian Defensor-Santiago) seem to have some serious problems or baggage, the chances of Heneral Luna being elected as a write-in candidate are getting better by the day.
If elected, Heneral Luna will go down in world history as the first ever to be elected president, post-mortem.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Fearful that the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) will rule to unseat Grace Poe and consequently have her disqualified to run for president, supporters of the beleaguered senator are threatening a write-in vote come the 2016 Philippine presidential elections.
Poe has consistently topped the polls as the nation’s favorite to win the presidential elections, but her candidacy is threatened by petitions disqualifying her from running because of questions about her birth and citizenship. The Philippine Constitution requires candidates for president to be natural-born citizens. Poe, a foundling, was a dual citizen of the Philippines and the U.S. but maintains she had already renounced her U.S. citizenship.
Leaders of the grassroots campaign for the senator’s election, “Kay Poe Po Tayo,” announced today that if their candidate is disqualified or barred from running for president, they will troop to the polls in May of 2016 to write in an undeclared candidate to become president. The group emphasized, they will not write in Poe’s name.
Asked by The Adobo Chronicles what name they will be writing in, the campaign leaders said in unison: “Heneral Luna.”
(Heneral Luna is the lead character in a Filipino film with the same title, based on the life of one of the Philippines’ historical figures. It is the Philippines’ official submission to the 2016 Oscar Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.)