TORONTO, Canada (The Adobo Chronicles, Toronto Bureau) – Egos are aplenty in American — north and south of the U.S.-Canada border.
In the U.S., Trump is building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and limiting legal immigration to the land of the free, home of the brave.
In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is considering proposing to stop Filipino immigration to his country — all because his ego was hurt.
It all started when Trudeau’s government ordered a review of the Philippines’ purchase of helicopters from Canada. Trudeau doesn’t want the military equipment to be used against terrorists and local insurgents in the Philippines. So he thereatened to cancel the deal.
But David stood up against Goliath.
Even before Canada could initiate a review, Philippine President cancelled the deal himself.
Embarrassed, Trudeau says he will now consider closing Canada’s borders to Filipinos.
Currently, it is estimated that over 830,000 Filipinos are living in Canada.
TORONTO, Canada (The Adobo Chronicles, Toronto Bureau) – The Canadian government has ordered a review of the purchase of Bell 412 EPI by the Philippine government amid concerns that it will be used against local insurgents.
In response, the Philippine Department of Defense that it will purchase the combat helicopters elsewhere should Canada cancel the sale.
Upon hearing the Philippine response, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized for his country’s threat and begged President Rodrigo Duterte not to seek to purchase the equipment elsewhere.
In a show of good faith, Trudeau promised that Canada will take back the back the disputed trash it exported to the Philippines years ago under the guise of recyclable plastics. It was a sore thumb in Philippines-Canada relations.
Do we have a deal?
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – At about 8:07 pm, Hawaii Standard Time, resident of the Sunshine State received a shocking message on their smart phones.
It was an emergency alert informing them that a missile was on its way to Hawaii and that they should take immediate shelter.
Well, now we know the alert was sent in error and the U.S. Pacific Command did confirm that there was no impending danger.
But on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, Filipinos also received an emergency alert on their cell phones, warning them that the Yellows (the spinkling of Oppositionists) have gone crazy and were on the loose. They were advised to be mindful of their surroundings.
As of press time, there has not been any confirmation from Philippine authorities whether or not the alert message was sent in error.
But Filipinos — especially the more than 80 percent who support the Duterte administration — took the alert seriously.
“It’s better to be safe than sorry,” said one Dutertard who spoke on condition of anonymity.