PH bans another US Senator in connection with De Lima

PH bans another US Senator in connection with De Lima




The ongoing political flexing between the Philippines and the United States of America because of detained opposition senator Leila De Lima continues, with the former adding another US senator on the list of being banned for entry in the Philippines.

The President through Presidential spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo banned Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts for calling for the immediate release of Sen. Leila de Lima, and for supporting the entry ban to the US of Duterte government officials believed to have had a hand in her detention.


Yes, same reason for banning Durbin and Leahy. Truth to tell we do not have to state any ground to ban a foreign national entry in the Philippines. That is an exercise of sovereign right,” Panelo said.

Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts and detained opposition senator Leila De Lima
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Markey joins senators Dick Durbin and Patrick Leahy in the list in the Bureau of Immigration for being banned entry in the country for lobbying the denial of some key Duterte administration officials that they claim had a hand in the wrongful detention of the lady senator.


It may be recalled that Liberal Party opposition senator Leila De Lima has been detained in Camp Crame Detention Center since 2017 for drug charges.



If the US would enforce the said ban, Atty. Panelo said the country would require all Americans to secure visas before entering the country.





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