TORONTO, Canada (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) – Some 50 container vans of balut, the Filipino delicacy of boiled duck embryo, has been found rotting in an undisclosed port in Canada.
The shipment was imported by a local company for distribution in Filipino and Asian groceries and supermarkets throughout Canada. Balut is extremely popular among Filipinos and other Asians in Canada.
The Adobo Chronicles learned that the shipment was abandoned by the importer after hearing of the news that bird flu has been confirmed in the Philippines, particularly in the province of Pampanga, south of the capital, Manila.
The Canadian government is at a loss on what to do with the rotting eggs.
Could it be karma for Canada for the 2013 shipment of toxic trash exported to the Philippines, shipped as “heterogeneous plastic scrap materials” which was subsequently found to be non-recyclable plastics, used adult diapers, broken bottles and glasses, waste paper, household/kitchen waste, etc. ?
The Canadian government has asked the Philippines to take back the shipment, but Malacañang, the presidential palace, said “why would we do that when Canada refused to take back its trash from 2013?”
Despite the very friendly relationship between the Philippines and Canada, once in a while, the two countries have to deal with issues that stink.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said that he has been denied a U.S. visa in the past when he sought to visit a girlfriend in America.
Now that he’s president, it would be very easy for him to secure a U.S. visa, right? Wrong! Not with Donald Trump’s proposed policy limiting legal immigration.
The Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act, or RAISE Act, favors people between the ages of 26 and 30 with a doctorate, high English proficiency and a job offer with a high salary.
In a simulated test (courtesy: Time magazine), one must earn a minimum of 30 points in order to qualify to apply for a U.S. visa.
Let’s see how Duterte fares in this test:
So there you have it, Duterte scores a total of 15 points, not even half of the minimum required to apply for a U.S. visa.
But it doesn’t matter, Duterte thinks the U.S. is a “lousy” country anyway.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte didn’t have to fall in line at the U.S. Embassy in Manila for a U.S. visa. It came in the mail, courtesy of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Alas, Duterte instructed his right-hand man Bong Go to return the mail to sender.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, previously praised and invited by President Trump to come to the White House, said he will not visit the United States during or after his term because the country is “lousy.”
Duterte’s remarks about one of the Philippines’ oldest allies was in response to Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), who said he would protest if the Filipino leader utilized Trump’s invitation.
“There will never be a time that I will go to America during my term, or even thereafter. So what makes that guy think I’ll go to America? I’ve seen America, and it’s lousy,” Duterte told reporters Friday about McGovern.
Upon learning of the mailed visa, Vice President Leni Robredo sent a text message to the U.S. Embassy, asking if she could stand as proxy to Duterte for the botched White House visit. Embassy officials have yet to respond to Robredo.