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EU Ends Visa-Free Travel For Americans; Philippines To End Visa-Free Travel For EU Citizens

IMG_1587.PNGMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The European Parliament has voted to end visa-free travel for Americans within the EU.

It comes after the US failed to agree to visa-free travel for citizens of five EU countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania – as part of a reciprocity agreement. US citizens can normally travel to all countries in the bloc without a visa.

The vote urges the revocation of the scheme within two months, meaning Americans will have to apply for extra documents for 12 months after the European Commission implements a “delegated act” to bring the change into effect.

Meanwhile, in the Philippines, lawmakers are set to vote for the revocation of the visa waiver for citizens of the European Union traveling to the island nation. This, after the EU Parliament passed two resolutions that interferes with the internal affairs of the Philippines.

Filipino Senators and Congressmen declared EU as ‘persona non grata’ after it called for the investigation of the alleged extrajudicial killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs and demanding the immediate release of incarcerated Senator Leila De Lima who has been charged with drug-related crimes.

Under current Philippine immigration law, citizens of EU countries can visit the Philippines for up to 30 days without a visa.

If the new law is passed, EU citizens will be forced to never leave home without a visa (in addition to American Express and MasterCard) when traveling to the Philippines 🇵🇭.

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UN Rapporteur Applies For Political Asylum In The Philippines

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MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Summary or Arbitrary Executions of the UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR), is currently in the Philippines attending a number of events and “academic engagements.”

Her presence in the country has been met with criticism because she did not coordinate her travel with the Philippine government which is the usual protocol for someone in her position.

The OHCHR said that Callamard is here not on official mission.

Now, we know the purpose of her trip.

In an exclusive interview with The Adobo Chronicles, Callamard said that she is here to apply for political asylum.

She said she has made the decision to escape the emotional, mental and political persecution she has been experiencing at the UN. “Everything I’ve said about President Duterte, the war on drugs, and the Philipppines has been forced on me and I did it under duress.”

“I can no longer in conscience continue to promote the lies that have been hurled against Duterte by elements out to destablize his administration and take him down from the presidency.  I have decided to stop being used for this purpose,” Callamard added.

So there you have it.  For those who have been bashing Callamard, take a deep breath.  She’s actually one of us!

 

 

 

 

Trump Invites Duterte To Visit U.S. We Have The Transcript Of Their Phone Conversation

 

img_7353WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau)-  The White House has confirmed that President Donald Trump had a great phone conversation with Rodrigo Duterte over the weekend and has extended an invitation to the Philippine president to visit the U.S.

Here’ a transcript of the amorous phone call as released by The White House:

TRUMP: Good afternoon Mr. Doo-ter-tey.

DUTERTE: It’s Du-ter-te. And it’s 3 a.m. here in the Philippines.

TRUMP: Well, I never apologize, so I’m not going to say, “I’m sorry.”

DUTERTE: You just did, you son of a whore.

TRUMP: Hey, hey, watch your language. I’m the president of the most powerful country in the world. Yours is just a third world country.

DUTERTE: Maybe, but I am friends with powerful countries that are your enemies, like China and Russia.

TRUMP: Well, why can’t we be friends as well? After all, people are calling you the “Trump of the Philippines.”

DUTERTE: Let me correct you, p*tang i*a mo. You’re being called the Duterte of America.

TRUMP: Anyway, I hear you’re doing a great job hosting the ASEAN leaders at your summit in Manila.

DUTERTE: Yeah, better than your hosting of the Easter Egg Hunt at your White House. That was pathetic!

TRUMP: I would like to invite you to The White House.  It’s gonna be great.

DUTERTE: But I don’t have a visa to come to the U.S.  Remember, I was already denied a U.S. visa when I wanted to come visit my girlfriend during my college days?

TRUMP: Dude, that was way before my time ‘ya know.

DUTERTE: Well, technically, I am from a Muslim region in the Philippines 🇵🇭. I thought you wanted to ban Muslims from entering your country?

TRUMP: As president, I can grant you an exemption.

DUTERTE: But The New York Times says I am a murderer.  Doesn’t your travel ban include terrorists and murderers?

TRUMP: F*ck The New York Times.  All they report is fake news.

DUTERTE: Invitation accepted.

(At this point, Duterte ran out of mobile phone load.  So the conversation abruptly ended.)