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Blacklisted no more: Dela Rosa reveals US Embassy approached him to fix cancelled visa

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Administration Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has revealed that the United States Embassy in Manila has made contact with him regarding the possible renewal of his US visa.

In an interview with the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) on Wednesday, Dela Rosa disclosed that the US Embassy-Manila has approached him through a phone regarding his visa renewal, a few days after President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump phone conversation in April.

“To be frank, to be honest with you, tinawagan ako ng US after nag-usap si President Duterte at si President Trump. Tinawagan na ako ng US Embassy na asikasuhin ko na ‘yung visa ko,” said dela Rosa.

“Inimbitahan ako para asikasuhin yung aking visa,” he added.

Politko first reported last December that dela Rosa’s US visa was cancelled in May 2019 in accordance with the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA).

The said US Law provides $1.5 billion in security assistance to the ally nations of the western super power in the Indo-Pacfic region on the basis of promoting democracy, human rights and rule of law.

The ARIA imposes sanctions on individuals or entities which violate human rights.

Dela Rosa’s US visa was reportedly cancelled over his alleged involvement in the supposed extrajudicial killings of drug suspects when he was chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Duterte in January scrapped the Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the US in response to cancellation of dela Rosa’s visa.

Last June 2, Foreign Affairs Sec. Teddy Boy Locsin announced that it has suspended the VFA termination process upon the instruction of the President.

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