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President Duterte Will Build A Wall Around The Philippines, Higher Than President Trump’s Mexico Border Wall

Photo: Pulitzercenter.org
Photo: Pulitzercenter.org

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, if elected president, will build at 55-ft. wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Dutere, if elected, is aiming much higher.

Recent statements by the Davao City mayor challenged both the U.S. and Australia to sever their ties with the Philippines if he gets elected president.  He was reacting to the Australian and American ambassadors’ criticism of his video clip in which he joked about the serial rape and murder of a female Australian missionary, saying “the mayor should have been first in line.”

Today, Duterte promised that if elected president, he will build a 71-ft. wall around the Philippine islands to keep foreign governments from interfering with the country’s and his administration’s domestic policies.

Why 71? That’s how old he is.

Welcome to P.I. (Philippine Islands).  Make that Philippine Isolationist islands.


Philippine Catholic Bishops Post The Wrong “Duterte” Video On Social Media


MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles , Manila Bureau) – Philippine Catholic bishops Monday raised questions about the fitness of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to  become president after the frontrunner candidate joked about an Australian lay missionary who was raped  before being killed during a hostage crisis in 1989.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) which he heads asked Filipino voters to judge for themselves whether Duterte was the right choice for the presidency.

To help them decide, Villegas used social media to  post a link to the controversial video clip of Duterte making a joke about the rape  of 36-year-old Australian Jacqueline Hamill. In that clip, the mayor said he was mad because he should have been first in line (in the rape).

Alas, someone at CBCP uploaded the wrong video.

It was the trailer of the Oscar-winning film, “Spotlight” which chronicled the story of child molestation and rape by Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of Boston.

The moral of the story? It’s always good to remember that there is a separation of church and state.

Leni Robredo Could Be The Next Philippine President: Here’s How

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – She is running for vice president in the upcoming May 9  national elections, but Leni Robredo could become the next president of the Philippines!

Robredo is the VP running mate of Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas who is President Aquino’s anointed one to succeed him.

Roxas has not done well in national polls and has consistently rated No. 4 among 5 declared candidates.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is either tied for No. 1 with Senator Grace Poe, or is actually on top of some voter polls.  His VP candidate is Alan Peter Cayetano.

(In the Philippines, voters can choose a president from one political party and a VP from another party.)

In his campaign sorties and television advertisements, Duterte has said that if the Filipinos will not vote for Cayetano to be VP, they may as well not vote for him to be president. All for one, one for all!

On the other hand, Robredo, when asked the question at a recent debate, said that she would hope Filipinos will vote for her running mate Roxas; but if someone else is elected president, she will still fulfill her mandate if she is elected VP.

Duterte is known for being a man of his word. So if the tough-talking, controversial mayor is elected president, but not Cayetano for VP, Duterte could refuse to assume the presidency.

Which means, that as per the Philippine constitution, the vice president becomes president.  And that would be Robredo.

That’s what you call “a heartbeat away from the presidency.”