WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Just hours after the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution asking the Philippine government to release Senator Leila De Lima from detention and stop the harassment of Maria Ressa, Senators Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts) and Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) submitted an all-important amendment.
The two are now wanting the Philippines to be annexed to the U.S. as the 51st state.
Statehood for the Philippines is not a new issue. Many attempts have been initiated in the past to make Juan de la Cruz (referring to Filipinos) to become U.S. citizens by affinity. The Philippines used to be a colony of America.
The proposed amendment comes after Markey and Durbin were reminded that the Philppines has long been independent and that their resolution has no bearing on the domestic and sovereign affairs of the country.
The news was met with enthusiasm by millions of Filipinos who have been trying to get visas to visit or immigrate to the United States. Just like little brother thanking big brother.