PAGO PAGO, American Samoa – (The Adobo Chronicles) – While an online petition seeking to make the Philippines the 51st U.S. state has generated thousands of signatures, a slightly different kind of movement is gaining ground in Guam and American Samoa. Both islands in the Pacific want to be annexed to the Philippines.
Both Guam and American Samoa are territories of the U.S., but neither have the same full rights as the 50 states. American Samoans, by virtue of antiquated Supreme Court decisions, are not automatically considered U.S. citizens. On the other hand, those born in Guam are U.S. citizens but unless they move to and reside in one of the 50 states, they cannot vote for the president of the United States. Guam does not have an electoral college and as such does not have a say on who is elected president.
Because of growing frustration regarding this inequality and lack of fairness, citizens of Guam and American Samoa have started a movement that would hopefully make them Filipino citizens and their territories officially annexed to the Republic of the Philippines. They feel that they will be better off exercising their citizenship rights under the government of the Philippines. They also noted that culturally and geographically, their islands are closer to the Philippines than to America.
The annexation movement could complicate the petition to make the Philippines a U.S. state, especially if, indeed, Guam and American Samoa succeed in dropping off from American jurisdiction.
Both The White House and Malacanang (the Philippines’ presidential palace) have declined to comment on either movement.
If the Philippine statehood petition and the Guam-American Samoa annexation movement drag on and will not be resolved soon, both could be major political issues in 2016 when the U.S. and the Philippines will hold their respective next presidential elections.
Seoul, South Korea (The Adobo Chronicles) – North Korea may have the sophistication to launch a cyber attack on Sony Pictures, but advisers to its leader Kim Jong-un lack the knowledge about geography.
Following the now infamous Sony Pictures hack which led to the cancellation of the Christmas Day release of the film, ‘The Interview,’ President Obama promised to respond “proportionately” to the attack, and that Washington is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism. (The film is a comedy whose plot revolves around the assassination of the North Korean leader).
In response, North Korea has warned of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and “the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism.” That means Hawaii and Alaska have been spared of the threat.
The National Defense Commission, led by Kim, warned that its 1.2 million-member army is ready to use all types of warfare against the U.S.
Apparently, Kim’s close advisers didn’t know or failed to tell him that the “U.S. Mainland” does not include the 49th and 50th states of the United States.
So Americans living in Hawaii and Alaska can relax and not worry about any potential attack on their states from North Korea.
San Jose, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Quick, without googling it: who is your state’s lieutenant governor? Apparently 95% of Americans don’t know who their lieutenant governors are. Worse, the same Americans can’t name the Vice President of the United States.
In a new survey conducted by The Adobo Chronicles, only 5% of the 1,000 individuals questioned knew who their lieutenant governor is. The same 5% also correctly named Joe Biden as the sitting Vice President. Not surprisingly, all of those who answered correctly were newly-naturalized citizens who recently took and passed the U.S. citizenship exam.
As a bonus question, the survey asked respondents if they knew who LeBron James and Kim Kardashian were. One hundred percent answered in the affirmative.
The survey has margin of error of plus or minus three percent.