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12/27/2019, 11:24 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Philippines ban two US senators for backing de Lima

The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte decided to impose sanctions against United States Senators Dick Durbin and Patrick Leahy, preventing them from entering the Asian country, the presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said on Friday. The move comes after the US Senate introduced a new budget bill, which allows US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to ban any Philippine official allegedly involved in detaining the Philippine senator Leila de Lima who was arrested on drug-related charges.

"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," Panelo stated.

Duterte threatened further actions against Washington, warning the US Manila may tighten the visa regime for all its citizens. Under current regulation, any US citizen can travel to the Philippines without applying for a visa, having a return ticket and staying up to 30 days.

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