REYKJAVIK, Iceland (The Adobo Chronicles, Berlin Bureau) – Until recently, Filipinos wanting to visit Iceland needed a travel visa. Not any more. The Nordic country has just announced that it has added the Philippines among countries whose citizens are not required to obtain a travel visa.
The announcement came just weeks after Iceland sponsored a U.N. Resolution calling for an investigation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs which has allegedly killed thousands. Extra-judicially, that is.
Iceland is a dream travel destination for Filipinos because they won’t ever miss their favorite shaved ice snack, halo-halo. There’s a lot of ice just laying around in Iceland.
There’s one caveat, though. Filipinos wanting to avail of this no-visa policiy must prove they or members of their family must prove they are EJK victims.
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – President Rodrigo Duterte has had it with Baguio City’s evironmental and other problems. He has ordered the closure of the Philippines’ Summer Capital for six months.
This after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced on Saturday, June 29, that it has ordered the closure of the Irisan open dumpsite in Baguio City. This has prompted garbage collectors to inform city residents that they will no longer be collecting biodegradable trash.
”I cannot allow the site of my (Presidential) Summer Mansion House to be in a stinking city,” Duterte said.
Duterte had previously closed Boracay island for rehabilition, with great success. He expects to do the same for Baguio.
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – It’s election campaign season in the Philippines and with it comes the gun ban and the liquor ban. The Summer Capital takes it a step further: it has decreed that all political candidates are off limits all throughout the Holy Week which starts today, Palm Sunday. The ban ends rhe Monday after Easter Sunday.
Baguio City expects some 100,000 tourists to come up this week to escape the scorching weather in the lowlands.
As expected, political candidates, especially those running for national office— the Senatoriables — would want to take advantage of this unique opportunity to court votes for the May 13 elections.
Enter the Catholic Diocese of Baguio, along with the pious officials of the city government.
In a joint decree which has the full effect of law, the two groups have declared that political candidates must not be seen in public all week so that tourists can focus on their Lenten obligations and shopping sprees without any distraction from political campaigners.
Political candidates who show up in Baguio this week will be given citations and be subject to flagellation in front of the Baguio Cathedral, in keeping with Filipino Catholic Lenten tradition.
Leave it to Baguio to create its own rules. No smokimg in public. No cussing in public. No campaigning in public.