WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – U.S. President Donald Trump, fresh from being acquitted by the Senate of all Impeachment charges, now has his sights on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
Duterte has just asked his Department of Foreign Affairs to move ahead with the cancellation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) which allows entry into the Philippines of U.S. military forces and other personnel without the need for permits or visas.
Duterte’s action came after the U.S. visa of Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ de la Rosa, one of the architects and implementors of the Philippines’ war on drugs, was cancelled.
Trump has reportedly booked a phone call with Duterte early next week and unreliable sources tell The Adobo Chronicles that the U.S. President will propose a blanket waiver of visas for all Filipinos wishing to travel to America. “No if’s, no but’s.”
In return, Trump wants Duterte to to withdaw his order for the cancellation of the VFA.
Will a visa-free entry into America for Filipinos finally become a reality.
From sea to shining sea…
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – The summer capital of the Philippines and the rest of the Cordillera Region have taken the lead in isolating members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and all groups that are perceived to be anti-government and anti-Filipino, including the very liberal Liberal Party.
Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong announced a new policy that declares the NPA and the Liberal Party to be “Persona Non Grata.” As such, members of these two groups are off limits to the City of Pines.
The new policy comes just weeks before Baguio launches its popular month-long Panagbenga Festival which easily attracts one million people.
Magalong said anyone associated with NPA and LP seen roaming the streets of Baguio will be immediately arrested and detained in newly-constructed jail cells next to the city’s dumpsite in Irisan.
Talk about nabubulok (non-recyclable)!
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – U.S. President Donald Trump has separate messages for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo.
Despite a U. S. Senate resolution urging the State Department to ban from entering the U.S. Philippine officials and others who had a hand in the detention of Senator Leila De Lima, Trump yet again reiterated his invitation for Duterte to visit The White House.
“Please come to the U.S.,” Trump told Duterte.
As for Robredo, Trump has this to say: “Please stop coming to the U.S.”
Since assuming the Vice Presidency, Robredo has made several trips to the U.S. — most of them unofficial — upon the invitation of private groups and individuals sympathetic to her and her political party’s liberal causes.
It wasn’t clear whether the U.S. State Department has cancelled Robredo’s U.S. visa.