Philippines bars 2 US senators from entering PH

Philippines bars 2 US senators from entering PH

Manila is not going to buckle down under the pressure from the senators of the United States of America (USA).

Under the direct order of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to prevent US Senators Dick Durbin and Patrick Leahy from entering the country, after the two led the filing of a provision in the US budget that supports the call to free detained opposition Sen. Leila de Lima and ban entry to the US of certain Philippine officials serving under the Duterte administration involved in the filing of cases against her.

“The President is immediately ordering the Bureau of Immigration to deny US Senators Dick Durbin and Patrick Leahy, the imperious, uninformed and gullible American legislators who introduced the subject provision in the US 2020 budget, entry to the Philippines,” Presidential spokesman and chief Legal adviser Salvador Panelo said.

US Senators Dick Durbin and Patrick Leahy are now barred from entering Philippines
(photo credit to PhilStar)

Panelo was informed by President Duterte just before the weekend.

Spokesman Panelo also slammed the provision that states senator Leila De Lima was detained for wrongful reasons and that this was for the persecution of the latter under this administration.

“The case of Senator De Lima is not one of persecution but of prosecution,” Panelo said.

De Lima has been given due process under Philippine Laws, as our courts are openly functioning independently.

“In fact, it is already being heard by our courts. The Philippine Supreme Court, the highest court of our land, has affirmed the incarceration of Senator De Lima as valid and lawful,” Atty. Panelo said.
Panelo reiterated that the Philippines is an independent and sovereign state. “It stands in parity with all other states, including the US, and any form of pressure that is tantamount to an interference into its established justice system shall be reciprocated in accordance with our municipal law, as well as public international law or the law of nations,” he adds.

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