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Clinton with Pacquiao
Clinton with Pacquiao

Las Vegas, Nevada – Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao had an unexpected visitor this week during his training session for his upcoming rematch with Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas. The visitor? Former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton has never made secret his admiration for the Filipino boxer who also happens to be a member of the Philippine House of Representatives. Pacquiao is the incumbent elected representative of his hometown of Sarangani.

During the 30-minute visit, Clinton and Pacquiao discussed a wide range of issues, from the future of the boxing sport to the Clinton Global Initiative to Philippine politics.

At the end of the private meeting, Clinton announced that he was betting his dollar on Pacquiao and predicted that the Filipino boxer will regain the title he lost by a controversial judges’ decision to Bradley. The Pacquiao-Bradley2 match will take place April 12 at the MGM Arena in Las Vegas.

Clinton also made another surprising announcement: that he was endorsing Pacquiao’s candidacy for the 2016 Philippine presidential elections.

Several months ago, The Adobo Chronicles broke the story about Pacquiao’s quest to succeed President NoyNoy Aquino whose term expires in 2016.

Political analysts are in agreement that because of Pacquiao’s enormous popularity among the Filipino people, he could win the elections hands down on his own, but they also agree that the endorsement by the equally popular Clinton would put Pacquiao way over the top in the 2016 political contest.

Presumptive 2016 presidential candidate, incumbent Vice President Jejomar Binay, has yet to comment on the Clinton endorsement of Pacquiao.



Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Manila, Philippines – Speaking at an International Women’s Day celebration in the Philippines this week,  Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said that the next president of the Philippines should be female. If recent nationwide polls will hold up, Santiago may be right, and it could be her.

“We’ve had 13 male and only two female presidents so far. The Philippines has had a total of 15 presidents. To achieve equality between males and females, since we have had 13 males, the next 11 presidents should be female,” she said. She added:  “research shows that when women are empowered as political leaders, countries often experience higher standards of living with positive developments in education, infrastructure, and health care.”

In a nationwide poll conducted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Santiago was the runaway winner among all the other potential female presidential candidates in 2016, or as they are called in the Philippines, “presidentiables.”  Santiago was the top choice of 76.59% of those polled, while the runner-up was Senator Grace Poe, with a distant 10.68%.  Incumbent Justice Secretary Leila de Lima came in third with 5.57%.  Other female presidentiables got less than 3%.

But how does Santiago stack up against the leading male presidentiables?

The Adobo Chronicles conducted its own nationwide poll pitting Santiago against incumbent Vice President Jojo Binay and Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.  Binay has kept no secret his intention to succeed President NoyNoy Aquino who is constitutionally barred from seeking another term.  Roxas, on the other hand, has been constantly mentioned in the political and media circles whenever the 2016 elections are brought up.

Here are the results of AdoboChron’s poll which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3%:

Miriam Defensor-Santiago , 97%

Vice President Jojo Binay, 1.2%

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, 1.0%

The remaining poll votes were equally divided among write-in candidates, namely, Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., Congressman Manny Pacquiao, and Television host Vhong Navarro.


Boracay's white sandy beach
Boracay’s white sandy beach

Manila, Philippines – The next Philippine presidential election will not happen until 2016 but already, incumbent Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay has made clear his intention to run for the top position in this nation of almost 100 Million people.

In fact, Binay has already finalized his campaign meme which he will officially launch in June this year. The meme? “Bring the government closer to the people, but away from the maddening crowd (read: Manila’s traffic nightmare).

Pressed by The Adobo Chronicles to provide a concrete example on how he plans to pursue this campaign promise, Binay said that his first official act as president would be to transfer Malacañang, the official residence of the Philippine president, from its current location in Manila to Boracay Resort in Central Philippines.

Philippine Vice President Jojo Binay
Philippine Vice President Jojo Binay

Boracay is a world-famous beach town considered one of the best, if not the best in the world.  Few beaches can compare to Boracay’s immaculate white sand.

Binay said Boracay makes the most sense as the center of government because it is in the center of the Philippines. He added that Boracay is traffic-free and would enable the president to move around efficiently without the need for “wang wang.” “Wang wang” is the term used by Filipinos to refer to sirens used by government officials in their limousines to help get through congested traffic.

Binay also said that Boracay is the ideal place for the president to host foreign leaders and dignitaries because of its breath-taking views and world-class accommodations. The vice president is finalizing plans to build an international airport in Boracay to be named “The Binay Family International Airport.”

Binay’s political dynasty includes son Junjun who is mayor of Makati City and daughters Nancy and Abigail, senator and congresswoman, respectively.