MIAMI, Florida (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte threatened to sever ties with the United States once he is elected on May 9 this year, and U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump is thanking him for it.
Duterte made the threat after U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg criticized the mayor for comments in a viral video in which he said he should have been first in line in the serial rape of murdered Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill. Duterte made the same threat to Australia whose ambassador also condemned the mayor’s comments.
Upon learning of Duterte’s threat, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Trump thanked Duterte for making his job as president much easier.
Trump has consistently said in his campaign that as president he will deport all undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
The real estate mogul said he will not only deport TNTs (the Filipino term for undocumented immigrants), but also revoke the naturalization papers of Filipino Americans.
Trump, however, said that he is open to U.S.-based Filipinos to apply for political asylym if they can prove that going back to the Philippines will subject them to persecution under a Duterte administration.
Latest census figures show that there are about 4 Million Filipinos now living in the United States.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles , Manila Bureau) – Philippine Catholic bishops Monday raised questions about the fitness of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to become president after the frontrunner candidate joked about an Australian lay missionary who was raped before being killed during a hostage crisis in 1989.
To help them decide, Villegas used social media to post a link to the controversial video clip of Duterte making a joke about the rape of 36-year-old Australian Jacqueline Hamill. In that clip, the mayor said he was mad because he should have been first in line (in the rape).
SYDNEY, Australia (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Up until last week, almost no one outside of the Philippines knew who Rodrigo Duterte was. He is, of course, the mayor of Davao City, who is running for his country’s presidency in the upcoming May 9 national elections.
But thanks to the power of the Internet, Duterte is now one of the most popular politicians worldwide. Even mainstream media in Australia, Europe and North America are paying very close attention.
But the tough-talking, foul-mouthed Filipino politician is becoming the talk of the world for all the wrong reasons. It was his comments making light of rapeand murder that’s giving him the spotlight, and he is unapologetic about it. In those comments, he joked that he was mad that a beautiful female Australian missionary was repeatedly raped by many men before being killed. He was mad because he believed that the mayor should have been first in line.
The Adobo Chronicles has learned that Time magazine is already considering naming Duterte as 2016 Person of the Year. His only competition for the honor so far are the Filipino fanatics who overwhelmingly support his candidacy, and, of course, Donald Trump.
Once again, the Philippines is front and center on the world stage — outside of boxing and beauty pageants, that is — thanks to the mayor.