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Donald Trump Presidency: U.N. Warns Of Refugee Crisis Worse Than Syria’s

imageNEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) warned today that the international community is about to face a refugee crisis worse than what’s happening in Syria — and it involves Americans!

With a Donald Trump presidency looming, hundreds of thousands of Americans are already readying plans for a massive exodus, fleeing to the north and south of the border (Canada and Mexico), as well as to countries in Europe and Asia.

Already, Canadan Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that his country is building a wall along the US.-Canada border in anticipation of the exodus to North America.  Trudeau said Canada will make Trump pay for the cost of building the wall.

The United States Post Office (USPO) is reporting being overwhelmed by both new and renewal passport applications, while foreign consular offices throughout the United States have confirmed a spike in visa applications.

It is estimated that as many as 150 Million Americans, mostly Democrats, are expected to flee the U.S. starting in November this year, right after the presidential elections. Compare that with 4.6 Million Syrian refugees!

Among those who have reportedly applied for foreign visas are Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, a Canadian American, and Marco Rubio, a Cuban American.

Unconfirmed reports say that the Obamas have purchased a home in Nyang’oma Kogelo, Kenya, birthplace of Barack’s father.


Filipino victims of Typhoon Yolanda (2013 file photo by Reuters)
Filipino victims of Typhoon Yolanda (2013 file photo by Reuters)

Tens of thousands of Filipinos displaced by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013 are clamoring to be re-classified as “refugees” so that they can find permanent homes and better living conditions in Europe and other countries that have opened their borders to Syrian refugees.

Yolanda slammed Eastern Visayas on Nov. 8, 2013, leaving more than 6,000 people dead.

Back in January this year, Vice President Jejomar Binay said that a total of 205,128 houses were needed for Yolanda victims in 116 cities and municipalities.  As of the end of 2014, a total of only 2,100 housing units have been completed.

Binay  was chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and head of the Yolanda Resettlement Cluster before his resignation from President NoyNoy Aquino’s cabinet in June this year.

The Aquino government had said that it is targeting to finish  the construction of  an additional 120,000 housing units by the end of this year.

That still leaves tens of thousands more who would need  roofs over their heads.

Feeling almost hopeless about their dire situation, the displaced typhoon victims have petitioned the United Nations to re-classify their status to “refugees,” saying that with the ineptitude of the Aquino government, their only hope is to find refuge elsewhere.

The governments of China, Australia, Canada and some countries within the European Union (EU) have reportedly expressed willingness to accept the Filipino “refugees.”

Ironically, the Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday announced that the Philippines is ready to take in Syrian refugees in response to the humanitarian crisis in Europe.

Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said the Philippines could be a temporary destination as refugees await acceptance from a host country for resettlement.


Aquino, left, and Roxas, during the "anointing" ceremonies in Manila this week (Photo: rapler.com)
Aquino, left, and Roxas, during the “anointing” ceremonies in Manila this week (Photo: rapler.com)

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Just days after anointing Mar Roxas as his choice of successor, Philippine President Noy Noy Aquino blamed  the Interior and Local Governments Secretary for the government’s failure to provide housing for the thousands of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) victims who were rendered homeless almost two years ago.

In a scathing report by the United Nations, the Aquino administration was given a failing grade for the dismal effort to build decent and sufficient permanent housing for those displaced by the devastating typhoon

“Many families remain housed in collective ‘bunkhouses’ that do not meet necessary minimum standards for the provision of basic needs and services,” Chaloka Beyani, U.N. special rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, said in a news conference in Manila. “I was concerned to learn that funding shortfalls and political challenges, including inadequate cooperation between national and local governments, are delaying processes towards achieving durable solutions.”

Reacting to the report, Aquino blamed this failing grade on Roxas, saying that it was the secretary’s duty to coordinate efforts between the national and local governments. “That’s why I appointed him the head the Department of Interior and Local Governments, ” he  said.

Aquino is known for blaming others for the country’s problems as well as the inefficiency and failures of his administration, but it was a shocker to blame Roxas just days after he praised him and officially endorsed him to be the next president.

Roxas could not be reached for comment, as he was busy campaigning in the remote areas of Mindanao, where there is no Internet connection or cellular signal.