MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Many Americans are familiar with President Barack Obama’s “beer diplomacy” when he hosted an intimate meeting — over beer — at The White House in an attempt to resolve a racial profiling issue.
Well, move over, Mr. Obama.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte made headlines this week when he introduced his own diplomacy, not over beer, but over alcohol. It happened at Malacañang Palace, the Presidential residence, as he welcomed China’s Foreign Minister Want Yi who was visiting the Philippines.
It was all caught on tape! One Filipino netizen described Duterte as “alcohol dispenser.”
And it worked! The Chinese official said his country was donating half a million doses of a Chinese vaccine to the Philippines.
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!