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Donald Trump To Meet With Philippine President Duterte

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NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Just hours after The White House announced that President Barack Obama had cancelled his meeting in Laos with Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he is meeting the tough-talking Philippine president next week.

Obama cancelled his meeting with Duterte following statements from the Filipino leader that he will not entertain any questions from the U.S. regarding alleged human rights violations related to his domestic war on drugs.

Trump said, “Well, if Obama is not willing to talk to Duterte, then I will. Let’s see who is the better diplomat, Obama or I !”

It will be recalled that Trump recently visited Mexico and personally met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, the day before he delivered his major immigration policy speech in Arizona.

“I think Duterte and I will get along well together,” Trump said. “He can curse me all he wants.  It wouldn’t bother me.  Together, we can make both America and the Philippines great again.”

In a previous campaign speech, Trump lumped the Philippines with countries that harbor terrorists.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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If Trump Loses, There Will Be Taco And Lumpia Trucks On Every Corner In The U.S.

image.jpegLOS ANGELES, California (The Adobo Chronicles, Los Angeles Bureau) – Despite his anti-immigrant pronouncements, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to enjoy the support of minority communitieso in the U.S., including Latinos and Filipinos.

Yesterday, the founder of Latinos for Trump — Marco Gutierrez — warned that if their candidate loses in November, “you’re gonna have taco trucks on every corner.”

Shortly thereafter, the Filipinos for Trump echoed a similar sentiment, saying that only a Trump victory will prevent the proliferation of lumpia trucks in California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Hawaii and other U.S. states and cities with large Pinoy populations.

Both organizations urged their respective communities to do all they can to make sure Trump is elected president in order to keep  America white and great again.

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Duterte Administration To Launch ‘Balikbansa’ For U.S. Pinoys To Be Deported By Donald Trump

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Passengers Arriving at Manila’s international airport (Photo credit: philstar.com)

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Move over ‘Balikbayan.’ The Philippine government is about to launch a new program designed to benefit undocumented Pinoys in the U.S. who face deportation under a Donald Trump administration. It’s called ‘Balikbansa.’

Today, Trump outlined his 10-point immigration policy that, among others, rules out any amnesty for foreign nationals living in the U.S. illegally, and calling for the return of undocumented immigrants to their respective home countries.

In anticipation of a Trump victory in November’s U.S. presidential elections (many U.S. Pinoys are voting for Trump), the Duterte administration has finalized a blueprint of a new national program that would deal with the expected influx of ‘deported’ U.S. Pinoys.

The program, patterned after the existing ‘Balikbayan’ program, would provide generous perks and benefits for all Filipinos who will be deported back to the Philippines by the Trump administration.

Among the benefits are the increase in the maximum value of personal and gift items that returning Pinoys can bring back via their balikbayan boxes.  The new cap will be increased to One Million Pesos, up from the existing P350,000.

In addition, returning Pinoys will be exempted from paying income taxes for the first 5 years after their return to the Philippines, assuming of course that they find employment.

Also, certified ‘deported’ U.S. Filipinos will be able to exchange their dollars for Philippine pesos at a special rate which would be 30% above the prevailing U.S. Dollar-Peso exchange rate.

“Our overseas Filipinos, documented or not, are the true heroes of our country,” Duterte said, “sacrificing everything just to provide their families with a better life.  We owe it to them to return their heroism if expelled from countries like the U.S.”

Presidential spokesperson Martin Andanar told The Adobo Chronicles that the ‘Balikbansa’ program will only go into effect if Trump is elected president.  ‘Otherwise, we revert back to the Balikbayan program,’ he added.

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