TOKYO, Japan (The Adobo Chronicles, Tokyo Bureau) – Congratulations and well wishes have been pouring in from world leaders for Japan’s new prime minister but nothing like the virtual greeting that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sent over to Yoshihide Suga.
The 5-minute zoom call between the two leaders ended with Duterte flashing his trademark fist bump. Suga was thrilled to return the gesture.
And so began Duterte’s Philippine opponents’ outpouring of criticism against the popular head of state. “Duterte, tuta ng Japan,” they cried. (Duterte, puppet of Japan).
DDS (Duterte Die-hard Supporters) countered with their own messages to the Opposition: “Eat your heart out!”
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.