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.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – The President of the United States has his own plane (Air Force One) and helicopter (Marine One). The American VP has his own Air Force Two.
The Philippine President does have his designated Presidential plane and helicopters as well. But not the Vice President whose only function, as always pointed out by Leni Robredo, is “to wait for something to happen to the President.”
But Robredo wants to change that. She wants her own VP plane and helicopter.
The VP made the statement after she was criticized for her office’s slow response to humanitrian aid needed by those affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.
Filipinos in Batangas and nearby provinces were crying “Where is Leni?”
Earlier, Robredo said she was on her way to hand checks to Taal eruption victims, but she just couldn’t find a bus that would take her from her VP residence in Quezon City to Batangas. She said she’s been waiting and waiting and waiting.
So today, Robredo demanded that her office be provided with a Vice Presidential plane and helicopter so that she can be more effective in responding to natural disasters that befall upon the Filipino people.
For her VP plane, Robredo says she prefers a Boeing 737 Max, the type of plane that has figured in recent fatal crashes which nobody on her staff told her about.
MANILA, Philippines(The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Senator Leila de Lima is reportedly drawing up a “more comprehensive” and “more detailed” list of Philippine officials and personalities she believes are responsible for her arrest and detention, her chief of staff and lawyer said Thursday.
The Senator is hoping her list would be the basis for the U.S. State Department in determining which Philippine officials and personalities would be banned from entering the U.S. because of their role in her incarceration.
Today, De Lima told The Adobo Chronicles (AC) she has included her former driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan on her list.
The Senator had previously admitted that she had a relationship with Dayan, citing “frailties of a woman.”
De Lima told AC that Dayan’s testimony during Congressional hearings contributed to the building of the case against her.
We’re sorry for Dayan. He may never see and experience the Land of the free, and the home of the brave.
Unless, of course, he’ll manage to resolve what appears to be an “LQ” with the Senator.