first_imgDuterte has recently tasked the Bureauof Immigration to bar Markey, Patrick Leahy and Dick Durbin from entering thecountry for seeking the ban of Filipino officials behind the arrest of de Lima. Markey is among the three UnitedStates (US) lawmakers barred from entering the Philippines for criticizing thecontinued detention of de Lima on drug-dealing charges. Markey on Friday said he will not besilenced by the “strongman tactics” of Duterte – as he called for the releaseof opposition Sen. Leila de Lima anew. United States senator Edward Markey in Dorchester, Massachusetts on April 22, 2019. Despite him being banned from entering the Philippines, Markey on Friday said he will not be silenced by the “strongman tactics” of President Rodrigo Duterte. STAFF PHOTO BY MATT STONE/MEDIANEWS GROUP/BOSTON HERALD Manila – American senator Edward Markey was unfazed despite him beingbanned from entering the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte’sdirective.center_img “I stand with the people of thePhilippines and with my state’s vibrant Filipino-American community in fightingfor the highest democratic ideals and against the strongman tactics of theDuterte government,” he said. If the US pushes through with the banon Filipino officials over de Lima’s case, Palace said Americans planning tovisit the Philippines will be required to secure a visa. A provision in the US 2020 budget on“Prohibition on Entry” allows US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to bar foreigngovernment officials from entering the US if he has “credible information” ontheir involvement in the “wrongful imprisonment” of de Lima./PNlast_img

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