MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Malacañang on Friday downplayed China’s naming of five underwater features in the Benham Rise, comparing them to food that have Chinese names but are widely enjoyed by Filipinos.
“Wag natin palakihin yung issue na nagbigay ng pangalan yung Tsina dun sa mga underwater features na yan,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.
“Marami naman talagang pangalan na binigay ang tsina no. Siopao, siomai, ampao, pechay, hototay. Pero lahat naman po yan, eh hindi ibig sabihin na sila’y nang-aangkin,” he added.
Nevertheless, in order to address the concerns of critics, Roque said that President Duterte has ordered the renaming of the five features to Adobo, Pancit, Kare-Kare, Sinigang, and Pinakbet.
All‘s well that ends well.
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?
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – The New York Times (NYT) is reporting that President Donald Trump on Wednesday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and African countries. He wanted to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” rather than people from places like Norway.
What the NYT is not reporting is that Trump mentioned Filipinos in a one-on-one conversation with The Adobo Chronicles after that White House meeting.
AC caught up with Trump on board Air Force One enroute to Las Vegas, Nevada.
We asked him about his thoughts on undocumented Filipinos now in the United Sates.
”I love the Filipinos,” Trump said, “but unfortunately, I can only allow fair-skinned Pinoys to avail of my immigration compromise. We need to start making America look like America.”
This could explain Trump’s earlier White House comment about Norway vs. Haiti and Africa.
As for TNT’s (undocumented Filipinos in America), we encourage you to continue using your skin whitening products to increase your chances for Trump’s path to U.S. citizenship.