Category Archives: International

Philippine Senator Leila De Lima Freed! U.S. Senators Elated

WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The U.S. Senators who voted for a resolution demanding the release of the incarcerated Leila De Lima have expressed elation over the news that the Philippine Senator is now free!

The resolution called for the denial of entry into the U.S. of Philippine officials and others responsible for what they called wrongful arrest and detention of De Lima, a harsh critic of President Rodrigo Duterte.

De Lima was jailed for drug-related charges.

The Sentors got  the news from De Lima herself:

 

Post VFA: PH Government Offers Free Therapy Conference In San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States has caused a big stir in the political and military circles.

VFA allowed U.S. military and other personnel to enter the Philippines even without a permit or visa.

Realizing the VFA termination has upset a lot of people — Americans and Filipinos alike — the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco is offering a free conference as a means of therapy to help attendees cope with the change.

A spokesperson for the Consulate told The Adobo Chronicles that the conference will feature pray-overs, psychological and grief counseling, zumba and cooking classes, and a panel of experts that will discuss the implications of the VFA termination.

The conference, called VFO Con — or Visiting Forces Over Conference will be held this weekend at the Holiday Inn in South San Francisco.

San Francisco: Visas Not Needed For Foreign Nationals From Manila And Other Sister Cities

SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – While the U.S. Federal Government under Donald Trump seems to be clamping down  on immigration from Muslim and other countries, the City and County of San Francisco is  going the opposite direction.

If you are a citizen of Manila, Barcelona, Seoul, Paris or other sister cities of the City by the Bay, you’re in luck!

Today, the San Francisco City Council unanimously approved a resolution that would automatically grant visa-free status to foreign nationals of SF’s sister cities. The City Mayor is expected to sign the resolution

(San Francisco is one of the so-called sanctuary cities, defying Federal immigration laws and policies to provide refuge  to undocumented immigrants.)

To qualify for the no-visa policy, foreign nationals must provide documentation that they are legal residents of the sister city concerned and that they must fly directly into the San Francisco International Airport.

The foreign nationals will be allowed to stay in San Francisco for a maximum of six months or until Federal immigration agents arrest and deport them, whichever comes first. They can travel to other U.S. states and cities at their own risk.

Currently, San Francisco has established sister city relationships with 18 cities across the globe. See list here.