MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – If Donald Trump heeds the urging of the U.S. Senate, Philippine officials and others involved in the supposed unlawful detention of Senator Leila de Lima, will be banned from entering the U.S.
But President Duterte made the first counter move by banning the entry into the Philippines of three Democrat Senators who authored and supported the resolution urging the ban on the Filipinos — Senators Patrick Leahy, Dick Durbin and Edward Markey.
Today, Duterte announced that if such a ban on Filipinos is pursued and implemented by the U.S. State Department, he will impose a devastating sanction on America, by banning U.S. imports of Philippine soy sauce and vinegar.
Soy sauce and vinegar, especially the famous Marca Piña brand, are key ingredients in preparing the world-famous adobo dish, loved not just by Filipinos living abroad but even gourmet chefs in the U.S.
The Philippine Presidential Palace said that banning U.S. imports of soy sauce and vinegar will have a devastating effect on the estimated 4 million Filipinos now living in America — many of whom work in key professions and services like health care, music, engineering, hospitality and technology.
”It will also be very disappointing for top chefs in America who are all in agreement that the Filipino adobo is among the world’s best cuisine,” Presidential Spoksperson Salvador Panelo said.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is putting his money where his mouth is. Today, the Democrat lawmaker proposed to scrap the visa requirement for all Filipinos who want to travel to the United States and says he will file the appropriate Senate bill shortly.
Earlier, in a tweet expressing his support for the jailed Senator Leila De Lima, Durbin urged Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte “to stop threatening the travel” of Filipino Americans and so many others who travel between the U.S. and other nations.
”To prove that I’m not just all talk, I will sponsor a new Senate bill that would ensure the travel of all Filipinos to the U.S., visa-free. In doing so, I challenge Duterte not to make good his threat to require U.S. citizens to obtain a visa when traveling to the Philippines. This is all in the spirit of true reciprocity,” Durbin told The Adobo Chronicles.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – One of the easiest ways for Filipinos and other foreign nationals to obtain a U.S. visa is to enlist in the U.S. military.
Now, there is even greater opportunity for this to happen.
The U.S. is currently recruiting Filipinos to join the military’s newest, branch.
President Donald Trump has just signed a new measure that adds a 6th branch to the U.S. military — the U.S. Space Force. The other branches are the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coastguard and the Marines.
No experience necessary — just an honest-to-goodness commitment to help the U.S. maintain peace and stability in outer space.
Interested parties may contct the U.S. Embassy in Manila.
For undocumented Filipino immigrants (TNTs, or Tago Ng Tago) now living in the U.S., they may contact the military camp or headquarters nearest their place of residence.