TOKYO, Japan (The Adobo Chronicles, Tokyo Bureau) – Congratulations and well wishes have been pouring in from world leaders for Japan’s new prime minister but nothing like the virtual greeting that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sent over to Yoshihide Suga.
The 5-minute zoom call between the two leaders ended with Duterte flashing his trademark fist bump. Suga was thrilled to return the gesture.
And so began Duterte’s Philippine opponents’ outpouring of criticism against the popular head of state. “Duterte, tuta ng Japan,” they cried. (Duterte, puppet of Japan).
DDS (Duterte Die-hard Supporters) countered with their own messages to the Opposition: “Eat your heart out!”
DALY CITY, California (The Adobo Chronicles, Daly City Bureau) – Manila Mayor Isko Moreno wants Chinese Nationals deported for calling his city a “Province of China.”
Meanwhile, across the Pacific in the United States, Mayor Glenn Sylvester also wants Filipinos and Filipino Americans deported for calling Daly City “Little Manila.”
Critics of the Philippine government’s pro-China stance have used the “Province of China” meme in their protest activities.
Daly City in Northern California has been referred to as “Little Manila” because of its huge Filipino population.
Moral of the story: Do not rename cities or countries lest you suffer dire consequences!
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is putting his money where his mouth is. Today, the Democrat lawmaker proposed to scrap the visa requirement for all Filipinos who want to travel to the United States and says he will file the appropriate Senate bill shortly.
Earlier, in a tweet expressing his support for the jailed Senator Leila De Lima, Durbin urged Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte “to stop threatening the travel” of Filipino Americans and so many others who travel between the U.S. and other nations.
”To prove that I’m not just all talk, I will sponsor a new Senate bill that would ensure the travel of all Filipinos to the U.S., visa-free. In doing so, I challenge Duterte not to make good his threat to require U.S. citizens to obtain a visa when traveling to the Philippines. This is all in the spirit of true reciprocity,” Durbin told The Adobo Chronicles.