MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Representative Gary Alejano has a lot of time on his hands.
Just after returning from The Netherlands where he and Senator Antonio Trillanes submitted a complaint against President Duterte before the International Criminal Court, the Akbayan Partylist Representative now wants a name change for the Philippines.
Under House Bill 5867, Alejano proposed the creation of a “Geographic Renaming Commission” which would “study the possibility and the feasibility of renaming our country.”
The lawmaker, a former Marine captain turned mutineer, said the possible name should “appropriately address and define us as a people and nation.”
Alejano explained that renaming the country would rid it of the vestiges of colonialism; establish the national identity; and define how the nation, people, and national language would be addressed internationally.
So, in order to assist the future commission (which will have a budget of P30 Million) in coming up with a final decision, The Adobo Chronicles is conducting a nationwide poll on what our readers think would be the best and most appropriate new name for the Philippines.
TOKYO, Japan (The Adobo Chronicles, Tokyo Bureau) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has cancelled a planned visit to Japan next month to focus on the situation in Marawi City where the terrorist group Maute has launched a siege, prompting the proclamation of Martial Law in Mindanao.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe perfectly understands Duterte’s change of plans and has, in fact, pledged to donate sophisticated military equipment to the Philippines to help crush the rebel terrorists.
The donated equipment consists of two giant robots capable of decimating the terrorists.
The remote-controlled robots are said to be three times more effective that the used and dilapidated tanks and helicopters previously donated to the Philippines by the United States.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The European Parliament has votedto end visa-free travel for Americans within the EU.
It comes after the US failed to agree to visa-free travel for citizens of five EU countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania – as part of a reciprocity agreement. US citizens can normally travel to all countries in the bloc without a visa.
The vote urges the revocation of the scheme within two months, meaning Americans will have to apply for extra documents for 12 months after the European Commission implements a “delegated act” to bring the change into effect.
Meanwhile, in the Philippines, lawmakers are set to vote for the revocation of the visa waiver for citizens of the European Union traveling to the island nation. This, after the EU Parliament passed two resolutions that interferes with the internal affairs of the Philippines.
Filipino Senators and Congressmen declared EU as ‘persona non grata’ after it called for the investigation of the alleged extrajudicial killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs and demanding the immediate release of incarcerated Senator Leila De Lima who has been charged with drug-related crimes.
Under current Philippine immigration law, citizens of EU countries can visit the Philippines for up to 30 days without a visa.
If the new law is passed, EU citizens will be forced to never leave home without a visa (in addition to American Express and MasterCard) when traveling to the Philippines 🇵🇭.