MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippine government has announced that beginning this April, it will start rolling out a fraud-proof, machine-readable e-passport which has enhanced security features that are difficult to replicate.
The new passporthas an embedded chip with biometric information used to confirm the identity of the traveler, including a photo and fingerprints. Each page has illustrations that speak to the country’s history, but they’re more than just pretty: the fine-lined embossed effect on the printed surface, created by a process called intaglio printing, is exceptionally difficult to copy.
As a special bonus, the government says the new passport will include an automatic tourist visa to the U.S., Canada and countries in the European Union (EU), but it will only be extended to the first 20,000 Filipinos who will apply for the new passport.
SEOUL, South Korea (The Adobo Chronicles) – Two incidents involving Asian entertainers at the Los Angeles International Airport were exposed today which have to do with the groups being denied entry into the United States.
“Oh My Girl,” an eight-member South Korean girl band, was held at LAX for more than 15 hours on Wednesday while being questioned by officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, according to a statement released by the group’s South Korean management company.
Similarly, the Philippines’ most popular television love team known as AlDub was also reportedly refused entry for a different reason. The duo was suspected of intending to overstay their tourist visas and become what is popularly known in the Filipino American community as TNT or ‘Tago Ng Tago’ (always hiding).
The K-Pop was supposed to attend a promotional event in L.A. while The AlDub duo was scheduled to appear at a Philippine Tourism event in the City of Angels.
Contacted by The Adobo Chronicles, the Customs and Border Patrol said it cannot comment on individual visa or entry cases.
Meanwhile, there are reports at AlDub’s millions of fans are scheduled to hold a protest rally at Luneta Park, just a stone’s throw away from the U.S. Embassy in Manila, to express their disappointment and anger at U.S. Immigration.
As a result of recent terrorist incidents in the U.S., many legislators are considering a review of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program that allows citizens of certain countries (like South Korea) to visit the country for a certain peiod of time without the need for a visa. (The Philippines is not part of the Visa Waiver Program).
We can blame it all on Donald Trump and his campaign rhetoric!
NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles) – Recent space discoveries including flowing water on Mars and orbiting massive structures around remote star galaxies all but confirm the existence of life beyond the Earth planet, and earthlings are being proactive about it.
The United States, Russia, Japan, Canada and the European states have unanimously agreed to set up a passport and visa processing center aboard the International Space Center (ISS).
The move will enable aliens in space to secure entry permits should they decide to visit Earth. The aliens will be given visas for a maximum of 30 days but will have to prove that their visit is for the sole purpose of tourism.
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as well as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will be assigned at the space station to process the passport and visa applications for the U.S. Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump says he fully supports the move.
Aliens or alien structures that attempt to land on Earth without the proper passport and visa documents will be treated as hostile visitors and will be met with full military intervention.
The only remaining issue to be resolved among the Earth governments is to determine the currency to be charged to the alien applicants for their passports or visas. Will it be the U.S. or Canadian dollar, Yen, Euro or the Ruble?