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imageThe Hague, Netherlands (The Adobo Chronicles) – The International Court of Justice (French: Cour internationale de justice; commonly referred to as the World Court or ICJ) has just released its 2014 list of the Top Ten Best Prisons in the World.

ICJ is the primary judicial branch of the United Nations. It is based in the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. Its main functions are to settle legal disputes submitted to it by states and to provide advisory opinions on legal questions submitted to it by duly authorized international branches, agencies, and the UN General Assembly. 

This is the first year that ICJ is releasing the best prison list, based on an international survey it has commissioned to look at prison conditions in U.N. member countries.

The Philippines ranked No. 1 on the ICJ list, followed by Great Britain and Japan.

Reacting to the good news, Philippines Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima told reporters that her efforts to rid the country’s prison system of corruption and mismanagement have finally paid off. “We should treat all prison inmates with respect and dignity by providing them comfortable accommodations during their incarceration,” de Lima said.

Rounding up the top ten list are U.S.A., China, South Africa, Australia, Switzerland, New Zealand and Singapore.

(Michael Martin Navarrete Bello contributed to this report)



Miss Philippines, left, and Miss New Zealand, Filipinas both.
Miss Philippines, left, and Miss New Zealand, Filipinas both.

London, United Kingdom (The Adobo Chronicles) – The Philippines is known for champion boxers and beauty queens. Especially beauty queens. In 2013 alone, the country won three major international beauty pageant crowns : Miss World, Miss International, and Miss SupraNational. It also holds the 2013 crown for Miss Tourism International.

The Philippines is among the few elite countries (that includes Brazil and Venezuela) that have won the crown for all four major pageants — Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth.

In December, the 2014 Miss World Pageant will be held in London, during which the current title holder Megan Young of the Philippines, will crown her successor.  Will it be another Filipina?

There is a little problem within the Miss World Organization, however. Organizers seem to be confused about the Philippines’ candidate and the confusion extends to Germany and New Zealand.

Miss Philippines Valerie Weigmann, is half German while Miss New Zealand Arielle Diane Garciano, is half Filipino.  Weigmann’s father is  German while Garciano’s father is from Cebu in the Philippines.

Today,  the Philippines, Germany and New Zealand  filed a petition with the Miss World Organization asking that their respective candidates wear a red-colored sash to alert the judges and to make sure they are not confused about who is Miss Philippines, Miss Germany and Miss New Zealand.

In response, Miss World organizers said that during the evening gown and swimsuit competitions, the emcees will ask, “Will the real Miss Philippines please step forward?”

Surely, that would prevent any further confusion.