WATCH: “Bakit di natin Tablahin?” President Duterte asked “Why US Citizen easily travel to Philippines, while Filipinos denied by embassy”
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 college girlfriend.
During his speech in front of the Filipino Community in Beijing China, Duterte questions why the US Citizens can enter the Philippines easily and visa-free when Filipinos had a hard time securing travel documents and sometimes denied by the embassy to visit the US.
“America? Miski ako hindi ako makapunta doon, hindi ako bigyan ng visa ng mga..” he said.
He asked by the the Consul if he was in love with his girlfriend and planning to marry her and stay in the US if he was allowed to travel there.
The President answered that even the US gave him life time free visas and 10,000 dollars, he will still return to his country and be a Filipino.
“The problem is you go to America? You’ll not be issued a visa,” he stressed.
He also recalled a local government official who denied by US Embassy even he was invited to an event by the US Government itself.
“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.
This statements gave some clues to the Netizens that he also considering to remove the visa free policy that the Americans enjoyed when traveling in the Philippines.