- Earlier, US Senator Edward Markey was barred from entering the Philippines as ordered by the Malacañang
- Markey was banned in the Philippines after his call to release detained opposition Senator Leila De Lima
- The US senator said that President Rodrigo Duterte is mistaken if he thought that the order would silence his voice
- Markey was the third US official that was prohibited from entering the Philippines
Recently, Democratic US Senator Edward Markey was barred from entering the Philippines.
KAMI learned that the Malacañang ordered the ban of Markey following his call to release detained Senator Leila De Lima.
In a report by CNN Philippines, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that Markey of Massachusetts is the third US official who is not allowed to enter the country.
Through a different tweet, Markey commented over the Malacañang’s order.
“President Duterte is sorely mistaken if he thinks he can silence my voice,” he wrote on Twitter.
“He has already failed to silence @SenLeiladeLima and others who have spoken truth to power. I stand with the people of the Philippines in fighting against his strongman tactics,” he added.
According to the Inquirer (authored by Christia Marie Ramos), the two other US senators who were prohibited from entering the Philippines were Patrick Leahy and Richard Durbin.
Leahy and Durbin introduced an amendment to the 2020 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill that aims to ban Philippine officials who are proven to be behind De Lima’s detention from entering the US.
De Lima served as the Justice Secretary from 2010 to 2015. In February 2017, she was detained for being allegedly involved in illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison.
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