SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – Encouraged by a recent Immigration Court decision granting political asylum to a Filipino couple who arrived in the U.S. in 2000 to go sight-seeing, tens of thousands of Filipino TNTs (Tago Ng Tago — hiding from Immigrantion authorities), have filed asylum petitions with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrtion Services (USCIS),
The couple claimed that returning to the Phlippines will subject them to political persecution by the Duterte Administration which they are critical of.
The Adobo Chronicles visited the USCIS offices on Samsome Street in San Francsco to verify the reports. Immigration officials confirmed that today alone, they have receivecd 66,666 applicants for political asylum by Filipinos who have pending deportation orders.
We wish the Filipinos the best of luck in their petitions. After all, there has been a precedent. The odds of success are great!
SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – An immigration judge granted reprieve from deportation to a Filipino couple in San Francisco Bay Area, in the first successful political asylum case seeking sanctuary from the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
San Francisco Immigration Judge Ila Deiss issued separate but similar decisions on December 3 granting asylum to Philippine-born husband and wife Rene and Joy Flores for fear of political persecution if they are sent back to the Philippines.
According to a news story by The Inquirer, the couple arrived in the United States in the year 2000 “to go sight-seeing.” (That’s 16 years before Duterte even became President).
Encouraged by this exciting development, Senator Antonio Trillanes, former Comelec Chair Andy Bautista (who is reportedly “hiding” in the United States), and Pinoy Ako Blog’s Jover Laurio are thinking of also applying for political asylum on the grounds of “political persecution” by the Duterte Administration.
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa also considered applying for politcal asylum until her lawyer reminded her that wasn’t necessary since she is already a U.S. citizen.
This landmark case is expected to result in a deluge of political asylum cases filed in U.S. Immigration courts, involving Filipinos who will claim persecution by the Duterte government.
ATLANTA, Georgia (The Adobo Chronicles, Atlanta Bureau) – Thanks to Miss Phlippines, Miss Laos and other Miss Universe contestants, pageant organizers have announced that they will scrap the “National Costume Competition” starting next year.
Miss Philippines appeared in an over-the-top silver gown and oversized headdress. She was tucked in between two giant silver eagles which supposedly represented her country’s national bird.
Miss Laos, on the other hand, paraded with a huge elephant while making a political statement about protecting the Amazon rainforest.
”While we appreciate the time and effort put in by contestants and their designers to grab the most attention during the annual national costume competition, many costumes were not only outrageous but have not been representative of the contestants’ native countries,” a Miss Universe Organization spokesperson said.
”This year alone, we’ve seen eagles and elephants, a well as out-of-this-world headdresses that remind us of the San Francisco cabaret show, “Beach Blanket Babylon.”
Pageant officials also complained that the bulky costumes have caused serious space problems at the pageant venues, but have also irked the airlines because of the oversized luggage and baggage brought in by the Miss Universe hopefuls.