STOCKHOLM, Sweden, (The Adobo Chronicles, Berlin Bureau) – For standing between two of the most powerful feuding nations of the world, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
The announcement came in Stockholm just hours after Duterte announced that he was withdrawing his earlier decision to end the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States in his country. The VFA allows American military forces to come and go and use Philippine facilities for bilateral training or military exercises.
Duterte has also maintained cordial relations with China, despite the ongoing territorial dispute over areas of the West Philippine Sea and his country’s victory in a United Nation’s arbitration court.
“By standing between the U.S. and China, Duterte has diffused the conflict between the two powerful countries and has practically averted the possibility of war,” a Nobel Prize statement said.. “We commend Duterte’s peace efforts which we hope will be recognized by the Nobel Peace Price committee,” it added.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is known as a master strategist. He manages to always take the upper hand when negotiating with world leaders.
Today, Duterte sent a message to President-elect Joe Biden, proposing to permanently reinstate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) which allows America to maintain a military presence in the Philippines, under one condition.
The condition? That the incoming Biden administration institute a new immigration policy that would grant Filipino citizens a visa-free entry to the United States.. Duterte calls it the Visiting Filipinos Agreement.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – If there’s an app for that, there’s also a task force for that.
It is no secret that the Duterte administration has a penchant for creating task forces for almost everything — from the Covid-19 response, to the PhilHealth and other corruption investigations at other agencies, to the Boracay rehabilitation, to typhoons and other calamities. Many members of these task forces — numbering about 15 as of latest count according to Rappler — are retired army generals or members of the Armed Forces.
So in order to coordinate the activities of these task forces, President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an Executive Order creating a new agency, the Task Forces of the Philippines (TFP). It will be an attached agency to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
As of press time, Duterte is yet to name the head of this new agency who will be called Task Forces Czar. Rumors have it that the President is considering Senator Bong Go to fill the position.
Spokesperson Harry Roque, the goal of the TFP is to make sure that the left hand knows what the right hand is doing.