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.
OSLO, Norway (The Adobo Chronicles, Berlin Bureau) – For his brand of diplomacy in dealing with the territorial dispute in the South China Sea, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was named today the recipient of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.
While his political opponents are clamoring for his impeachment for his failure to protect his country’s territorial waters, peace advocates are praising him for refusing to go to war with China over what many are calling a Chinese intrusion into the Philippines’ fishing waters.
Most recently, Duterte had said that he will allow Chinese fishermen to fish in Philippine waters because China was a friend.
Internationally-accepted rules, in fact, recognize the fishing rights of all —regardless of who has claim over territorial waters — in areas considered to be “traditional fishing grounds.”
In deciidng to award Duterte the Peace Prize, the Nobel organization said the popular Philippine President has courageously maintained a stand of “Let’s all fish in peace.”
All we are saying is give fish a chance…
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) –Senator Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday said the government should not wait for armed aggression to happen in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) before invoking the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the Philippines and the United States (US).
Lacson’s statement stemmed from the Reed Bank incident in which a private Chinese vessel rammed a Philippine fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea. Many analysts are interpreting his statement to mean that the Philippines, with the aid of Uncle Sam, should go to war now with China, with or without any military confrontation with the Asian giant.
Lacson hopes that by his posturing with the U.S. , he will gain points in his rumored bid to succeed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte whose 6-year term ends in 2022.
These are indeed bery exciting times…