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The Philippines’ Politics Of Secrets

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In Philippine politics, what you see is not necessarily what you get. (Well, actually, it’s not just in the Philippines).

It has been long rumored that incumbent President NoyNoy Aquino secretly supports Senator Grace Poe’s candidacy to become his successor, despite the fact that he has publicly endorsed and ‘anointed’ former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas to become the next president of the Philippines. Roxas is running under Aquino’s Liberal Party.

Poe was Aquino’s original choice to be Roxas’ VP running mate, but  she declined and instead opted to run for president. The senator has since been leading in the polls while Roxas has consistently  been rated at the bottom of the presidential pack.

But it seems there are more secret deals that Filipino voters may not be aware of.

Reliable sources indicate that Roxas has all but accepted the fact that he is not going to win the election.  However, the same reliable sources said there is a standing agreement between Poe and Roxas (with Aquino’s blessing, of course), that if Poe becomes president,  she will appoint Roxas as Philippine ambassador to the United States.  Roxas’ wife, broadcaster Korina Sanchez, has reportedly been wanting to live in Washington, D.C. to be part of the U.S. capital’s social elite.

Many political observers have also expressed opinion that Miriam Defensor-Santiago strategy has always been to recruit Bongbong Marcos, son of the late Ferdinand E. Marcos, as her vice presidential running mate.  The young Marcos knows that being the running mate of Santiago, who is dealing with cancer, is his best and quickest ticket to the presidency.  Should anything happen to Santiago, Marcos becomes president.

As far as Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is concerned, it is believed that he is not really interested in becoming president.  He just wanted a national forum — through the campaign — to promote what he has done in his city in as far as peace and order is concerned.  His ultimate goal? To win the Nobel Peace Prize!

Last but not least, Vice President Jejomar Binay’s main objective for running is to avoid prosecution in graft and corruption charges that are expected to be filed against him once his VP term expires.  The charges are in connection with the overpriced Makati City parking structure that was started during his term as mayor of the city.  If Binay becomes president, he will continue to be immune from lawsuits, as are all presidents during their term of office.

Speaking of secrets, many are wondering who among the presidential candidates has the backing of the United States.  That, dear readers, is top secret.

Mar Roxas Says Makati City Is Now So Yellow, Shows Proof

imageMAKATI CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Despite consistently being fourth in national polls, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas says that he is very confident he will be elected next president of the Philippines.

In a recent statement, Roxas said that even Makati City, known to be the bailiwick of Vice President Jejomar Binay, is “now very yellow,” referring to the color of the Liberal Party under which he is running.

Reacting to Roxas’ comment, Binay who is former mayor of Makati and whose wife and children have ruled Makati for over a decade, just laughed it off. “Ano siya, hilo?” he said (What is he, dazed and confused?).

To prove his point , the Roxas campaign released a photograph recentlly taken of Makati, complete with its skyline and the shanties that line its perimeter.  The photos shows a yellowed-out city seen through the eyes and camera lenses of the Liberal Party.

Nike Drops Manny Pacquiao, UNA Drops Jejomar Binay

Binay, left, and Pacquiao
Binay, left, and Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Apparel giant Nike has terminated its relationship with boxer Manny Pacquiao after his recent inflammatory comments about the LGBT community.

“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” the statement reads. “Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community. We no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao.”

Pacquiao had compared gay men and women to animals – in fact, worse than animals.

Just hours after the Nike announcement, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) dropped Jejomar Binay as its presidential standard bearer, a decision prompted by recent statements by the Vice President supporting Pacquiao’s position on same-sex marriage.

“We understand now that as a political party, we cannot discriminate against anyone, including the gay and lesbian community and that we must adhere to the separation of church and state,” an UNA memorandum said.

“Binay’s support for Pacquiao and his stand on same-sex marriage (which is basically following the Catholic Church’s position on the issue) will make it difficult for us to win in the elections,” the memo added.

Meanwhile, two other presidential candidates, Mar Roxas and Miriam Defensor-Santiago, are reportedly reconsidering their position.  They are known to oppose legalizing same-sex marriage in the Philippines. The other two candidates, Grace Poe and Rodrigo Duterte are in favor.