Category Archives: Race Relations

Senator Dick Durbin Wants Visa-Free Travel To The U.S. By All Filipinos

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.

Filipino, Filipina? Senator Risa Hontiveros Proposes Something More Gender-Neutral: Filipinix

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – They’re called Americans, Germans, Italians, Canadians, Australians — regardeless of their gender.  But for Philippine citizens, they are referred to according to their gender: Filipino for males and Filipina for females.

Gender equality advocate Senator Risa Hontiveros wants to change that.

Today, she filed a Senate bill that would legislate a single term for Filipinos or Filipinas — Filipinix.

”It will just be more convenient for everybody to use a gender-neutral term when addressing Philippine citizens without having to offend either gender.  It will also make communication simpler,” she told The Adobo Chronicles.

Hontiveros, who recently fought for the passage of a SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression )  Equality bill, added that “Filipinix” will also be inclusive of transgender people who self-identify as men or women.

The Opposition Senator got the idea from a similar practice or initiative in the United States in which a gender-neutral neologism — Latinx — is sometimes used instead of Latino or Latina to refer to people of Latin American cultural or racial identity.

Donald Trump Nominates Beauty Queen As Next U.S. Ambassador To The Philippines

WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Beauty lies in the beholder, and U.S. President Donald Trump is a beholder of beauty.  After all, he used to own the Miss Universe Organization, franchise holder of the world’s leading international beauty pageant.

Now, Trump appears to be employing some beauty pageant diplomacy in his nomination for the next U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines to replace the outgoing Kim Sung.

Her name is Mina Chang, beauty queen.

Trump sure knows how to play with the weakness of the Filipino people — beauty pageants, and, many are saying Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s weakness — beautiful women.

Filipinos are expected to welcome this diplomatoc appointment with open arms, and Duterte is expected to be better behaved when it comes to Philippine-U.S. relations.

Move over, Miss Universe Catriona Gray.