MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In appreciation of The New York Times’ recent editorial calling on the world and the International Criminal Court to condemn Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, The Adobo Chronicles sent a gif(t) from the Philippines to the newspaper’s executive editor and public editor.
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MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) — US Vice President Mike Pence says President Donald Trump will be attending a summit with the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, in the Philippines in November.
Pence says Trump will also attend the East Asia Summit that follows the regional meetings in the Philippines that same month.
But not so fast.
President Duterte has instructed the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of Immigration to make sure Trump has a valid visitor’s visa when he arrives in Manila.
While US citizens are not required to secure a visa to visit the Philippines, Duterte said it’s payback time for America and Trump whose travel policy is known to be anti-immigrant and unfair to Filipinos. (Filipinos have to secure a visa to visit the US.)
“Since I have not been granted visa to visit the US years ago and Filipinos have to go through the eye of a needle just to get a visitor’s visa to the US, why should Trump be able to come to the Philippines without a visa,” Duterte said.
Duterte’s anti-Trump policy has the support of 100% of the ASEAN leaders.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – A day after the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) ordered Leni Robredo to pay the counter-protest poll fee of P8 Million, the Vice President put the Boracay Mansion up for sale.
Robredo said that proceeds of the sale will go towards fulfilling the required cash deposit in connection with former Senator Bongbong Marcos’ case challenging the results of the last vice presidential elections.
The PET directed Robredo to pay the cash deposit as stated in the resolution within non-extendable period of five days from notice of the resolution.
Robredo told The Adobo Chronicles that because she is from the laylayan and that she makes a living out of selling lugaw, she does not have that kind of cash 💰 to fulfill the PET’s order. “Selling the Boracay Mansion is the only way I can raise that kind of money. FilAm millionaire Loida Nicolas-Lewis has not yet responded to my request for a personal loan.”
The Boracay Mansion is a 7,000-square-meter property located at No. 100, 11th Street, New Manila, Quezon City which now serves as the office of the Vice President.
It appears that no one in Robredo’s staff — not even her top spokesperson Georgina Hernandez — told her that the Vice President does not own the mansion.
In that case, Robredo may just need to follow up her request with Nicolas-Lewis.