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Kris and NoyNoy Aquino
Kris and NoyNoy Aquino

NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles® ) –  Yesterday, we reported that presidential sister and television host Kris Aquino admitted getting a failing grade in Filipino language during her school days in Manila.

Things always seem to come in two’s.

Today, the United Nations gave her brother President NoyNoy Aquino a failing grade in connection with housing relief for thousands of people made homeless by typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) nearly two years ago.

Haiyan, the strongest-ever storm to make landfall in the Philippines, killed more than 6,300 people and displaced 4.1 million in 2013.yolanda

“Many families remain housed in collective ‘bunkhouses’ that do not meet necessary minimum standards for the provision of basic needs and services,” Chaloka Beyani, U.N. special rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, said in a news conference in Manila. “I was concerned to learn that funding shortfalls and political challenges, including inadequate cooperation between national and local governments, are delaying processes towards achieving durable solutions.”

Official government records obtained by Reuters showed only 2.5 percent of the targeted 21,012 permanent housing in the worst-hit Eastern Visayas region were ready as of June. The National Housing Authority reported only 542 houses were completed.

About 4,900 houses are in different phases of construction. In two towns on Samar island and six towns on Leyte island, not a single house had been built 20 months after the typhoon struck.

Aquino’s failing grade is in sharp contrast to the laundry list of “accomplishments” he touted during his State of the National Address earlier this week.

We wonder who Aquino is going to blame for his failing grade this time around.


Binay, left. and Aquino, in a rare display of unity and solidarity
Binay, left. and Aquino, in a rare display of unity and solidarity

GENEVA, Switzerland (The Adobo Chronicles®) – The Philippines has taken over the chairmanship of the Geneva-based International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) Support Group.

Alexandre Fasel, permanent representative of Switzerland to the United Nations, officially handed over last June 22 the chairmanship of the ISDR Support Group to Ambassador Cecilia Rebong, Philippine permanent representative to the UN. The Philippines formally assumes the role this month.

The chairmanship was in recognition of the Philippines’ extensive and long-standing experience in political disaster, particularly in the handling of major man-made events such as graft, curruption, plunder, unexplained wealth of Filipino politicians, among others.

Reacting to the news, President NoyNoy Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay — in a rare display of unity and solidarity — issued a joint statement saying that this international honor is a testament to  the Filipino people’s resiliency in dealing with devastating fallouts from the incompetency as well as corrupt and criminal ways of their elected officials.

“There is so much the world can learn from the Philippines in as far as disasters are concerned,” the statement said.


The-philippines-map1The Government of the Philippines has formally filed a petition with the United Nations to correct the universal record which lists countries according to their size and territorial area.

In a note verbale signed by President NoyNoy Aquino, delivered today by the country’s Permanent Representative to the U.N., Libran Cabactulan, the government asserted that the Philippines is almost twice the size than what is currently on record in world almanacs.

In terms of size, the Philippines is the 73rd largest country in the world (out of 249 countries and territories).  Its total area is 300,000 kilometers (120,000 miles), of which 298,170 kilometers is land the remaining is water (surface areas of inland water bodies like lakes, reservoirs and rivers).

However, it is a fact that the Philippines is much larger than 300,000 kilometers considering that it is an archipelago consisting of 7,100 islands, each surrounded by water. Many countries like the United States include their territorial waters when defining their total area.

Territorial waters, on the other hand, is defined by the 1982 United National Convention on the Law of the Sea, as a belt of coastal waters extending at 12 nautical miles or 22.2 kilometers (13.8 miles) from the coastal baseline.

In other words, if the Philippines’ surrounding and territorial waters are taken into account, it would be larger than Japan, Germany, Finland, Norway, Poland or Italy.

The Aquino administration decided to file the petition as it continues to challenge China’s claim over the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.  The Philippines maintains that the disputed islands are part of its territory.

“We have to assert our territorial rights from the position of strength – and size – and correcting the record on how large our country actually is, would do just that,” Aquino said in the note verbale.