HOLLYWOOD, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Mr. and Mrs. George Clooney must love the Philippines so much.
First, it was reported that international human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, a.k.a. Mrs. Clooney, has filed a case against the Philippine government before the United Nations over the continued detention of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Now, Hollywood insiders are confirming that George Clooney is set to direct a film about the pork barrel scandal that has rocked Philippine politics and business, leading to the arrest and incarceration of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, Senators Bong Revilla, Jr., Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile, among others.
Clooney is known to be fascinated by political and other big scandals. In fact, his latest film project is an adaptation of the book Hack Attack by journalist Nick Davies. It is about Davies’ investigation into Rupert Murdoch’s media empire which uncovered the phone-hacking scandal that rocked the British establishment and resulted in the closure of the News of the World. “This has all the elements – lying, corruption, blackmail – at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London,” Clooney said about the film project.
“The pork scandal in the Philippines has the potential of being a film epic because of its magnitude and the number of people, agencies and companies that were involved,” Clooney said.
Clooney himself will play the role of Bong Revilla, Jr. It is rumored that TV host and presidential sister Kris Aquino will play the role of businesswoman and pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.
SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – If you live in California and you like Filipino food, you had better stock up on your packaged tocino or longganisa.
Effective March 15, 2015, the state of California will impose a comprehensive ban on all pork imports from the Philippines. The ban covers livestock, frozen meat and packaged pork-based food items.
The Manila government immediately criticized the move, saying that California is merely retaliating for a recent ban on chicken imports from California imposed by the Philippines. The chicken ban was a result of confirmed cases of Avian or Bird Flu found in several chicken farms in California.
But California Governor Jerry Brown told reporters that the state’s decision to ban Philippine pork imports was the result of a series of serious considerations which began after Filipino business people and senators were accused and jailed for the pork barrel scandal which defrauded taxpayers of some Ten Billion Pesos. The pork barrel money allegedly went into the pockets of the individuals accused of the massive scam.
“We’re simply taking precaution to make sure that our state government, especially our state legislature, will not engage in similar pork scams ” Brown said.
The price of pork in the world market currently averages $198.00 per barrel.
U.S. imports of agricultural products from the Philippines totaled $991 million in 2013 alone. The California ban on pork imports will hurt the Philippines’ overall revenue from its exports to the U.S., since California is recognized as having one of the largest economies in the world.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Philippines Senator Nancy Binay is proposing a bill that would copy a newly-approved law in India which bans the slaughter of cows and the sale and consumption of beef in the western state of Maharashtra.
Hindus, who comprise 80% of India’s 1.2 Billion population, revere cows and the sale and consumption of beef is banned or restricted in many states.The state of Maharashtra includes India’s commercial capital and biggest city, Mumbai.
Binay wants a similar law to apply to pigs in the Philippines.
The daughter of the Vice President says her bill will prevent future pork barrel scams which have plagued the country in the last two years. The scams siphoned some Ten Billion pesos of taxpayer money into fake projects and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) for the personal gain of some business people and politicians.
Several senators and high-ranking government officials are now in jail facing charges of corruption in connection with the pork barrel scandal.
“Kung bawal na ang kumatay ng baboy, eh di wala nang pork barrel,” Binay said. (If the slaughter of pigs is banned, then there will be no more pork barrel)