MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In exactly a month from today, Filipino voters will troop to the polls to elect their next president and successor to NoyNoy Aquino. Five major candidates are vying for this much-coveted and most prestigious job: Vice President Jejomar Binay, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senators Grace Poe and Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
The candidates have made their respective pitches, crisscrossed the country to court the votes of the population and have done their share of mudslinging. Not to mention publishing and distributing their own comic books.
Like all media outlets, The Adobo Chronicles makes its own recommendation on who it thinks should be elected the next Philippine president. We have finally decided to endorse the candidacy of Roxas.
There were times when we were a little bit too harsh in criticizing President Aquino’s anointed one, but we had to do what we needed to do as a non-partisan and highly respected news outlet.
The question, we are sure, in your minds, is what made us decide on Roxas?
Simple. It was this one-on-one interview with Karen Davila where Roxas displayed his mastery of the English language with a heavy accent, his up-to-date knowledge of current events, his charisma, his family upbringing, his wife Korina Sanchez’s influence on his politics and personality, his understanding of issues important to the Filipino people, and most of all, his love and compassion for his fellow presidential candidates.
MIAMI, Florida (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – It’s all but over for Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio. Any minute now, he is expected to announce that he will be suspending his camapaign for the Republican presidential nomination after continued dismal showing in the polls.
Rubio says he has no regrets joining the initially crowded field of GOP presidential aspirants. He is happy that he has, so far, made it to the last four standing candidates.
But reality is finally sinking in for the relatively young politician. “I am tired and worn out. I have chosen to altogether retire from politics and work,” he said today from his Florida home.
As proof of his early retirement plan, Rubio showed off to reporters his newly-acquired furniture which will be his cherished spot in his retirement: a rocking chair. Not just a rocking chair. A GIANT rocking chair.
We wish the senator all the best and congratulate him on his retirement.
MAGSAYSAY, Davao del Sur (The Adobo Chronicles) – Philippine presidential candidate Mar Roxas may be wealthy but he likes to lead a simple life.
“He prefers simple things and does not mind wearing tattered clothes,” according to his wife, TV broadcaster Korina Sanchez.
“I know my husband very well,” Sanchez said on Wednesday, trying to portray Roxas as not that much different from the lowly farmers who gathered in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, to receive assistance from the national government.
To prove her point, Sanchez posted a photo of her husband on her Facebook page, saying that this was how her husband dressed during a dinner the couple hosted at their home for the New Year. In the photo, Roxas is shown wearing a tattered brown suit which looked like it was burned by a flat iron in several places. He wasn’t wearing a tie either.