Pres. Duterte wants Visa required for American visitors

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The days of Americans going in and out of the Philippines with just their passports in tow might soon be numbered after President Rodrigo Duterte announced his plan to require visas for United States citizens who will be visiting the country.

Speaking at the Philippines-China Trade and Investment forum in Beijing Thursday (Oct. 20), Duterte scored the Americans for visiting the Philippines “as if they own the place” just because they do not need a visa.

In contrast, he said Filipinos experience discrimination even when they go to the US with a visa.
“Filipinos who go to America and who have the money, they are not just only berated in the visa control, in the consular office… they are humiliated. And so maybe– Is there American here? If you are planning to go to my country, you get a visa from where you come from. Maybe it’s about time,” Duterte said.

President also admitted that he was once denied by getting U.S Visa during his younger years and he knows how other Filipinos feeling with regards to this, as he narrated "Bakit di natin tablahin?"

The President said Filipinos are only treated nicely in the US when Americans know foreigners could contribute something to their country.

Sources: Dugong Maharlika

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