WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said that he has been denied a U.S. visa in the past when he sought to visit a girlfriend in America.
Now that he’s president, it would be very easy for him to secure a U.S. visa, right? Wrong! Not with Donald Trump’s proposed policy limiting legal immigration.
The Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act, or RAISE Act, favors people between the ages of 26 and 30 with a doctorate, high English proficiency and a job offer with a high salary.
In a simulated test (courtesy: Time magazine), one must earn a minimum of 30 points in order to qualify to apply for a U.S. visa.
Let’s see how Duterte fares in this test:
So there you have it, Duterte scores a total of 15 points, not even half of the minimum required to apply for a U.S. visa.
But it doesn’t matter, Duterte thinks the U.S. is a “lousy” country anyway.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – There can never be enough beauty and other pageants in the Philippines. In fact, this country of more than 100 million people is often referred to as the pageant capital of the world. We’ve had our fair share of international pageant crowns.
Now comes yet another pageant like no other, sponsored by top local media like Inquirer, ABS-CBN and Rappler.
It’s a twin pageant in search of the very first ‘ Mutya ng Masa’ and ‘Reyna ng Intriga.’
Unlike most Philippine pageants, this new pageant franchise has nothing to do with physical beauty; not even brains. It is open only to those who claim to be journalists seeking fame and fortune by peddling intrigue and gossip-based information to the vulnerable public.
This year’s dual-theme is: “All sound, no fury,” and “All substance, no content.”
Retired queen of all media Kris Aquino will host the pageant finals to be held at the Mall of Asia. The panel of judges is headed by ABS-CBN’s Doris Bigornia, Rappler’s Maria Ressa, self-proclaimed investigative journalist Raissa Robles, and former entertainers Cynthia Patag, Leah Navarro and Jim Paredes.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is known to be very accommodating, even to his harshest critics. He holds no grudge against them and that’s why he had appointed VP Leni Robredo from the opposition party to a Cabinet position as Housing Czar.
Now, Duterte has announced that performance artist and tour guide Carlos Celdran will join his trusted staff in Malacañang.
Celdran is openly critical of Duterte and his administration and is closely associated with the Yellow Party. The latest rumor about Celdran was that he was spreading “news” that the president was in a coma, after he disappeared from public view for a few days beginning last June 12, Philippine Independence Day.
Celdran has been appointed as Malacañang tour guide, with a Cabinet rank.
“With his knowledge about history, politics and Philippine culture, he is the best person to be appointed to this critical position,” the Malacañang announcement said.