Palace blocks EU politician’s entry; stresses right to blacklist

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MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang insisted on the government’s right to bar Giacomo Filibeck from entering the Philippines.

Filibeck, a secretary-general of European socialists is a critic of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

The EU political party official was invited by the Akbayan Party-list Congress, but was denied access to the country upon his arrival at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

“We are not obliged to allow anyone into our territory if we do not want them in our territory. Unfortunately, the socialist leader was one of those that we determine as a person that we don’t want to be in our territory. There is no rule under international law that will compel us to admit anyone whom we do not want to admit in our territory. That’s the exercise of sovereignty,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing. — UNTV News & Rescue

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