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.
Silicon Valley, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – It’s that time of year when The Adobo Chronicles names its “Person of the Year.” Last year, we named actorJackie Chan our person of the year for having survived persistent news that he had passed away. Talk about nine lives.
This year, the publisher and editors of The Adobo Chronicles had a fairly easy job of choosing the winner: Philippine Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.
The “Person of the Year” is awarded to the individual or group that has made the most impact on national and international news. We couldn’t have chosen any other person who has been in the news as much as Roxas has.
During the aftermath of the worst typhoon to hit the Philippines, Roxas was seen in ground zero overseeing relief operations and giving aid to residents except those who were loyal to his and President Aquino’s political nemesis, the Romualdezes. When there was a shortage of garlic in the Philippines, he was seen carrying a sack of garlic on his shoulder. When there was rumor about a rice shortage, he was seen carrying a sack of goverment rice on his shoulder. When Metro Manila experienced the worst traffic nightmare ever, he was seen directing traffic in one of Manila’s most congested street intersections. When Metro Manila’s light railway system (MRT) was the subject of intense criticism for its overcrowding, inefficiency and mismagement, Roxas was seen riding the train on non-commute hours.
We couldn’t think of a better person deserving of the Person of the Year title. It was a great 2014 for Mar Roxas and the Philippines.
And Roxas could just well be the next president of the Philippines! It comes with a bonus: controversial television news anchor Korina Sanchezwill be First Lady.