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Kris and NoyNoy Aquino
Kris and NoyNoy Aquino

NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles® ) –  Yesterday, we reported that presidential sister and television host Kris Aquino admitted getting a failing grade in Filipino language during her school days in Manila.

Things always seem to come in two’s.

Today, the United Nations gave her brother President NoyNoy Aquino a failing grade in connection with housing relief for thousands of people made homeless by typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) nearly two years ago.

Haiyan, the strongest-ever storm to make landfall in the Philippines, killed more than 6,300 people and displaced 4.1 million in 2013.yolanda

“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.”

Official government records obtained by Reuters showed only 2.5 percent of the targeted 21,012 permanent housing in the worst-hit Eastern Visayas region were ready as of June. The National Housing Authority reported only 542 houses were completed.

About 4,900 houses are in different phases of construction. In two towns on Samar island and six towns on Leyte island, not a single house had been built 20 months after the typhoon struck.

Aquino’s failing grade is in sharp contrast to the laundry list of “accomplishments” he touted during his State of the National Address earlier this week.

We wonder who Aquino is going to blame for his failing grade this time around.


From McDonald's to a 13-story complex
From McDonald’s to a 13-story complex

SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles ® )  – The City and County of San Francisco is trying its best to rid itself of the reputation of being one of the places in the U.S. with the most expensive rent, what with the monthly apartment rent averaging in excess of $4,000.

As more and more high-rise condominiums are springing up everywhere in the city, Mayor Ed Lee and the County Board of Supervisors announced the building of a new, 13-story complex at the former location of McDonald’s on 600 Van Ness Avenue (@Golden Gate) which recently closed its doors after more than three decades of operation.

Lee said that this is just the beginning of a 10-year strategic development plan to ease the critical housing shortage and sky-rocketing rents in the city.

Unlike other government housing projects,  the proposed high-rise will be rent-free for those who qualify.

Among other criteria, future residents of the new building will have to be convicted of a crime committed in San Francisco.

The multi-million high-rise project is a county jail.


SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – In other U.S. cities, protesters block streets and freeways, set vehicles on fire, break storefront windows and loot businesses. In San Francisco, they just take over City Hall.

That’s what happened yesterday as hundreds of protesters rallied at City Hall for a temporary halt to evictions in a popular San Francisco neighborhood where workers in the booming technology sector are accused of pushing out long-time tenants.

The protesters, chanting and screaming in English and Spanish, want a one-year halt on tenant evictions in the diverse Mission District and a two-year moratorium on construction of expensive high and medium-rise condos and other market-rate developments.

They then entered the building and evicted Mayor Ed Lee and all of the members of the city and country board of supervisors.

When City Hall officials called the police department to stop the evictions and restore peace and order, they were informed that 90 percent of the police force, most of them residents of the Mission District, went on leave. They were among the protesters.

Once again, the City by the Bay showed the country — and the world — how things ought to be done. Or undone.