BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It all started with a photograph: a lone chicken crossing a pathway in front of a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant in Baguio City, Philippines. The chicken seemed oblivious to the fact that the building behind her slaughters hundreds of its kind every single day as part of its finger-licking menu item.
The photo went viral and reached the desk of KFC’s CEO Muktesh Pant in Louiseville, Kentucky. He was so moved by the chicken, and this prompted him to issue an international directive to all KFC restaurants and franchise stores all over the world.
The directive mandates that each year, on Christmas eve, all KFC restaurant and franchise owners are to pardon a chicken and let it go free to live out the rest of its life.
This move is patterned after the annual Turkey Pardon which happens at The White House during Thanksgiving week. The Turkey Pardon gives the president of the United States the power and responsibility to pardon one turkey (sometimes two) and grant it reprieve from being slaughtered and served at the Thanksgiving dinner table.
The chicken pardon tradition starts this year, on Christmas eve.
Another testimony to the fact that humans not only have a stomach. They also have a heart.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – Tensions between Russia and the United States escalated today as Moscow received word that President Barack Obama has pardoned Turkey.
Turkey, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was recently accused of shooting down a Russian military plane for allegedly crossing Turkish airspace.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters in Moscow that “Obama didn’t have the right to issue the pardon since it was not the United States that was the aggrieved party in this international incident.”
The U.S. State Department however said that it was a case of “lost in translation.” Putin was misinformed and wasn’t made aware that the turkey Obama pardoned was a bird, not the country.
It is an annual White House tradition to pardon a turkey to save it from being served for dinner at Thanksgiving.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – To mark Pope Francis’ visit, Sri Lanka and the Philippines are granting pardon and releasing prisoners convicted of minor offenses.
The Sri Lanka Prisons Department announced the release of 612 prisoners. Local television networks showed the prisoners walking through prison gates, greeting a Catholic priest and then dispersing to head home.
In the Philippines, President NoyNoy Aquino similarly announced the release of prisoners convicted of, or facing minor charges like plunder, graft and corruption. “I am granting absolute pardon to these prisoners in solidarity with Pope Francis’ call for forgiveness and compassion,” Aquino said.
Here is a partial list of prisoners to pardoned and who will be released as soon as the Pope’s plane lands in Manila:
Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos (posthumous)
Former President Joseph Estrada (repeat pardon)
Senator Juan Ponce Enrile
Senator Bong Revilla
Senator Jinggoy Estrada
Businesswoman and pork barrel queen Janet Lim Napoles
Former Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona (impeachment overturn)
Vice President Jejomar Binay (advance pardon)
Interior Secretary Mar Roxas (advance pardon)
Aquino also announced that he will bestow upon actress Nora Aunor the title of National Artist. An apparent change of heart. Walang Himala (There is no miracle).