BANGKOK, Thailand (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Authorities have tripled to $85,000 a reward for information leading to the arrest of the main suspect in the Erawan shrine bombing that killed 20 people at one of Bangkok’s top tourist attractions.
The increased reward was announced after investigators said that very little progress was being made in locating an unidentified young man dressed in yellow shirt leaving a backpack at the scene of the carnage Monday night.
Apparently, investigators were following an erroneous lead from a very prestigious American daily newspaper, the San Jose Mercury News, which claimed through its August 19 headline that the suspect was hiding somewhere in Taiwan.
Bangkok, Thailand (The Adobo Chronicles) – A cinema chain in Bangkok has cancelled screenings of the new Hunger Games film after protesters adopted the movie’s three-fingered defiant sign against totalitarian rule.
Activists say police ordered the move after hundreds of students planned to protest at an opening day screening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 on Thursday. Thailand has been under military rule since May, and authorities have banned the salute as part of an ongoing crackdown on pro-democratic dissent.
The students were obviously disappointed at the film cancellation. They have been waiting a long time to see the popular new film that stars Academy award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence. They appealed to the cinema chain and the police to bring back the screening of the blockbuster film series.
As a compromise, the students promised to change the symbol of their protest from the three-fingered salute to the Hawaiian shaka sign. They were hoping that the Thai military government would be more tolerant of the laid-back, less intimidating symbol of Aloha.
Macau, China (The Adobo Chronicles) – On November 22, boxing’s only eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao faces American boxer Chris Algieri for the WBO Welterweight title in Macau, China.
Algieri told reporters today that he is very confident he “will defeat the 5’2″-tall Filipino champion boxer.”
Wait. Manny Pacquiao is 5’7″ tall.
Apparently, the 5’10” tall Algieri met the wrong boxer during yesterday’s press conference to promote the upcoming title fight.
Algieri came an hour early to the press conference at the Venetian Macau and he came face to face with Thai boxer, flyweight Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym who fights in the undercard against two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming.
If Shiming wins over Onesongchaigym, can he claim he defeated Pacquiao? Better still, if Algieri loses to Pacquiao, can he claim he was defeated by Onesongchaigym?
The world will be watching closely. On Pay-Per-View.