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.
ATLANTA, Georgia (The Adobo Chronicles, Atlanta Burau) – There seems to have been some miscommunication between the Miss Universe Organization and the Philippines’ bet for the international beauty pageant.
As soon as Gazini Ganados stepped on stage as part of the National Costume Competition, she realized she may have worn the wrong attire. She appeared in an over-the-top silver gown, complete with headdress and a silver eagle on either shoulder,
Speaking with The Adobo Chronicles backstage, Ganados said she and her designer misread the guidelines issued by the Miss Universe Organization.
”We were so excited that we totally missed the “National Costume Competition” part of the guidelines. We thought it said “Halloween Costume Competition.”
Gazini dispelled rumors that she will be donning a “Darna” costume during the final night’s swimsuit competition.