MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) — US Vice President Mike Pence says President Donald Trump will be attending a summit with the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, in the Philippines in November.
Pence says Trump will also attend the East Asia Summit that follows the regional meetings in the Philippines that same month.
But not so fast.
President Duterte has instructed the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of Immigration to make sure Trump has a valid visitor’s visa when he arrives in Manila.
While US citizens are not required to secure a visa to visit the Philippines, Duterte said it’s payback time for America and Trump whose travel policy is known to be anti-immigrant and unfair to Filipinos. (Filipinos have to secure a visa to visit the US.)
“Since I have not been granted visa to visit the US years ago and Filipinos have to go through the eye of a needle just to get a visitor’s visa to the US, why should Trump be able to come to the Philippines without a visa,” Duterte said.
Duterte’s anti-Trump policy has the support of 100% of the ASEAN leaders.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Malacañang has announced that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will embark on a three-nation state visit to the Middle East this coming Holy Week.
It is expected that Duterte will discuss various issues that concern Filipino overseas workers in the Muslim countries while seeking to attract more investments in the Philippines just like he did in his previous state visits to various countries in the Asian region.
However, Duterte critics are already saying that this time, the president will not “bring home the bacon 🥓 ”
Which is true, because Muslims don’t eat pork.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United States has announced a ban on all electronics larger than a standard smartphone on board direct flights out of eight countries across the middle East.
Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest international airport, has begun implementing the ban which also covers all electronics sold at Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths told local radio earlier this week.
Governnment-owned Emirates operates 18 flights daily to the United States out of Dubai.
But Emirates has set in a place a viable option for passengers who have to use their computers during flight.
Since the U.S. ban only covers laptops and tablets, passengers can bring a desktop computer on board, but with additional cost.
In order to be able to bring a desktop into the cabin, passengers must purchase two full-priced seats, one for themselves and the other to allow for space to set up their desktop.
Up to four desktop pieces are allowed on board: a CPU, monitor, keyboard and mouse.
The new option is available in the main cabin. The option will not cost extra for First Class passengers.