MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Every now and then, the State Department issues travel advisories to American citizens warning them about dangers of visiting foreign countries — the Philippines included — it deems unsafe or a security risk.
Now the tide has turned.
Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin just announced that he has issued a travel advisory to Filipinos planning to visit the U.S.
The advisory came on the heels of the most recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, in which about 20 people were reported killed and scores injured.
In July of this year alone, more than 50 mass shootings were recorded across the U.S., prompting Locsin to declare travel to America totally unsafe. He advised Filipinos with approved travel visas to the U.S. to tear out the U.S. visa page of their Philippine passports because it is practically a useless document as far as travel safety is concerned.
Locsin recommended that Filipinos travel to Hong Kong instead unless the last name on their passports is Carpio-Morales or Del Rosario.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – Vice President Leni Robredo today hailed a Quezon City court order stopping the implementation of a provincial bus ban on EDSA.
The ban was a brainchild of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) supposedly as a solution to the nightmarish traffic on EDSA.
Under the MMDA plan, commuters from the provinces will have to alight at designated terminals in Valenzuela, Bulacan and Santa Rosa, Laguna, then board city buses to get to their final destination in Metro Manila. Provincial bus terminals will also be shut down.
A statement issued by the Office of the Vice President said Robredo couldn’t be more happy with the court order. It greatly benefits the commuting public, including the VP herself who likes to hail her provincial bus to her hometown Naga City along EDSA and under city overpasses.
”It will be very inconvenient for me to have to take a city bus to get to Santa Rosa then catch a provincial bus to Naga,” Robredo said.
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.