- Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Friday that President Rodrigo Duterte will not visit the United States
- This is despite the continuous invitation of American President Donald Trump for PRRD to visit the White House
- The Palace official stated that the Filipino head of state will formally decline the offer
- He also cleared that the decision has nothing to do with the ban on Philippine solons who incarcerated Sen. Leila de Lima
Palace Spokesperson Salvador Panelo revealed through a press briefing that President Rodrigo Duterte will decline the invitation of Donald Trump for PRRD to visit the United States.
KAMI learned that the American head of state has been inviting the popular Davaoeño politician to visit the White House in Washington D.C. since mid-2017.
Just this Friday, December 27, the Malacañang already announced that the President will respond to the invitation and he will formally decline it.
The decision was made after Trump signed the 2020 US budget that also indicated that there will be a ban on Philippine solons who were involved in Sen. Leila de Lima's incarceration.
However, the Palace official immediately clarified that the move of Duterte to decline the invitation was not related to the controversial US provision.
He also stated that the President has considered Trump as his friend and the much-talked-about move of some Senators is not “self-executory.”
“He said he would respond to the invitation and will decline… He said he would respond to the invitation and will decline,” Panelo quipped.
“Kasi unang-una, I have already repeatedly said, it’s not naman self-executory eh. The law itself says if there is credible information received by the one who will decide – and the one who will decide will be the Secretary of State,” he added.
In a previous article by KAMI, Trump officially signed the US 2020 budget that has a stipulation about the ban on several Philippine lawmakers.
Rodrigo Duterte is the 16th and current President of the Republic of the Philippines. He won via a wide margin during the 2016 national elections. His term will end in 2022.
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