BRUSSELS, Belgium (The Adobo Chronicles, Berlin Bureau) – The Philippines may not become the 51st state of the United States but it could become the 28th state of the European Union (EU).
EU has taken a deep interest in the Philippines because of its strategic location in Asia Pacific, a region that the Union considers crucial to its global economic and other strategies.
EU is an economic and political union of 27 countries and operates a single, internal market which allows free movement of goods, capital, services and people between member states. It used to have 28 member states before Great Britain withdrew from the alliance.
The latest intervening move of EU was to pass a resolution demanding the release from prison of Opposition Senator Leila De Lima, whom the Union believes could succeed President Rodrigo Duterte whose term ends in 2022.
Sources at EU told The Adobo Chronicles that De Lima is perceived to be an ally and, if elected the next President, could help facilitate the entry of the Philippines into the Union to replace Great Britain.
After Brexit, there’s Philentry.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Americans are called Americans, regardless of gender. Similarly, Germans, Chinese, Japanese, French are called what they are, male or female.
But citizens of the Philippines who are male are called Filipinos, and those who are female, Filipinas.
That’s going to change soon.
Senator Risa Hontiveros has filed a bill that would change the way Philippine citizens are referred to. And it will be gender-neutral.
Hontiveros, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Women, Family Relations and Gender Equality is proposing that citizens of the Philippines, regardless of gender, be called Filipinish.
Sort of like the English. Or Swedish. Or Irish.
DALY CITY, California (The Adobo Chronicles, Daly City Bureau) – Manila Mayor Isko Moreno wants Chinese Nationals deported for calling his city a “Province of China.”
Meanwhile, across the Pacific in the United States, Mayor Glenn Sylvester also wants Filipinos and Filipino Americans deported for calling Daly City “Little Manila.”
Critics of the Philippine government’s pro-China stance have used the “Province of China” meme in their protest activities.
Daly City in Northern California has been referred to as “Little Manila” because of its huge Filipino population.
Moral of the story: Do not rename cities or countries lest you suffer dire consequences!