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Marcos, Jr.
Marcos, Jr.

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – ABS-CBN is reporting that The Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) and the Partido ng Manggagawa at Magsasaka (PMM) will sign a unity accord to launch the tandem of Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as candidates for president and vice president, respectively, in the May 2016 elections.

But Marcos clarified today that neither he nor Duterte has made a decision about running in 2016.

However, the son of the late dictator Fernand E. Marcos unveiled a proposal which he says could create a formidable team that will definitely crush Vice President Jejomar Binay’s presidential ambition (only Binay has officially declared his candidacy for president).

Marcos is proposing to quicky amend the Philippine Constitution to allow for the election of a president and three vice presidents, one each of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, the Philippines’ three main islands.

“It’s time we stop governing the country from Manila,” Marcos said. “Having three vice presidents would ensure that the issues and concerns of all Filipinos are represented in the central government,” he added.

Asked by reporters what his team would be composed of if the electoral change is approved and implemented, Marcos said, “Easy. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. for president, Senator Chiz Escudero for vice president for Luzon, Miriam Defensor Santiago (who is from Iloilo) for vice president for the Visayas, and Davao City Mayor Rodrgo Duterte for vice president for Mindanao.

Majority of congressmen and senators seem to like the proposal, so a swift and quick constitutional amendment could easily happen in time for the 2016 presidential elections.

What do our readers think? Chime in below in the comments section!


imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Filipinos have spoken and have clearly made their wishes known on who among four Filipina candidates they want to send to planet Mars aboard Mars One, the first rocketship that will carry humans to the red planet.

In responding to The Adobo Chronicles poll, Filipinos voted overwhelmingly for Senator Nancy Binay who gained more than 50% of the votes. In second place was Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Many poll respondents opted to vote for their own write-in candidate. Some 95% of write-in voters chose TV host and presidential sister Kris Aquino. The remaining 5% voted for her brother, President NoyNoy Aquino.

Many respondents also sent in their comments, some saying that Nancy Binay should take her entire family with her.

Others suggested that both Santiago and Binay should be afforded the one-way ticket to Mars. That is, if they could stand each other.

Thank you to our readers for participating in the poll.  You can still vote for your favorite Mars passenger HERE.


L-R: Jaymee Del Rosario, Minerva Raneses, Nancy Binay, Miriam Defensor-Santiago

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Contrary to an earlier report by GMA News, four –not two — Filipinas have been shortlisted among the first humans to set foot on Mars, after being chosen from a field of more than 200,000 candidates.

According to the Mars One astronaut selection process, the  short list has been narrowed down to 100 individuals who were chosen from a pool of 660 candidates, who in turn were selected from 202,586 applicants.

Here are the Filipino candidates included in the short list:

  • Jaymee del Rosario, 27, CEO and founder of International Metal Source, which distributes raw material metals and exotic alloys to aerospace, defense and commercial industries since 2009. She is also co-owner of fitness equipment Bounce Core Platform, and said she is “very interested to be part of any outer space endeavor.” “I want to offer my life experience, knowledge and skills to the Mars One team to achieve the goal for preserving humanity,” she said on her profile page.
  • Minerva Rañeses, 24, describes herself as an “intellectual wanderer” who seeks “growth in knowledge and philosophy.” “I don’t decide based on monetary or materialistic returns, but on the experience I will garner. As of now, career-wise, I’m a drifter. There is so much to learn, and keeping to a linear path seems a bit too constricting. I’ve been focusing in adventuring lately. As for my profession, I tell people I’m a writer,” she said. Her interests include philosophy, literature, and history, along with politics and religion, “and their cause and effect on society.”
  • Nancy Binay, 41, is a junior senator and daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay. “I’m tired of being the butt of jokes here on earth and I want to live in a place where I will be judged not on the basis of my cluelessness but on the strength of my innocent character and passion for the unknown,” she said. “I want to bring honor to the Binay family of politicians by being among the first humans, and the first Filipino, to set foot on Mars.”
  • Miriam Defensor-Santiago, 69, is the feisty senator and potential 2016 presidential candidate  who is known to be battling cancer. “I want to live in a place where I will only be dealing with intellectuals, not these good-for-nothing, self-absorbed and corrupt colleagues of mine in Philippine Congress.” “I want to spend the remaining years of my very fulfilling life in a place where I can utilize my expertise in law, commununications and humor to the fullest.  I believe that the planet Mars is that place,” she said.

If you had the opportunity to vote for one of these four Filipinas who you think deserves a spot on Mars One, who would you choose?  Respond to the poll below.