President Rodrigo Duterte wants to settle an old issue with the US Embassy, he recalls that he was once denied of a United States Visa when he planned to visit his girlfriend in college. During his speech addressing to the Filipino Community in Beijing, China, President Duterte questions why the US Citizens can enter the Philippines visa-free when Filipinos had a hard time securing travel documents and often denied by the embassy to visit United States.
“America? Miski ako hindi ako makapunta doon, hindi ako bigyan ng visa ng mga..” he said. He narrated when asked what would happen if he decided to marry and stay in the US. “Sabi ko, ‘Mr. Consul, even if you offer me free visas for a lifetime and even if you offer me 10,000 dollars, I’d still return to my country and be a Filipino,’” Duterte recalled and the crowd broke into cheers. “The problem is you go to America? You’ll not be issued a visa,” he stressed.
He also recalled a local government official who was denied by US Embassy even the US Government invited him to an event. “The poor man had to travel. He was in poor health. Pagdating dito, he was denied. Pero sila anytime. They enter the Philippines visa-free. Well, there will always be a time for reckoning. Bakit hindi natin tablahin?” Duterte said and gave a faint smile.Source: GMA News
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