Eh ano kung may diplomatic passport? Lacson: Entering HK ain’t a right for ex-DFA chief Del Rosario
Hong Kong immigration authorities have the last say on whether or not Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario could enter the territory even if he has a diplomatic passport, said Senator Panfilo Lacson.
In a radio interview Friday (June 22), Lacson said entering a foreign country is a privilege for anyone.
“Hindi yan karapatan. At any time, historically ang immigration officials pwede ka i-deny or i-allow ng entry sa kanilang bansa kasi bumibisita ka lang,” he said.
Lacson said having a diplomatic passport does not guarantee someone will be let into a foreign country.
“Ang diplomatic passport is of no moment kung ia-allow or ire-reject ka. Ang bentahe ng diplomatic passport libre ka sa travel tax,” he said.
Del Rosario was barred entry into Hong Kong when he flew there Friday (June 21) for a business meeting.
The former Foreign Affairs Secretary admitted he used a diplomatic passport for his trip.
Lacson said there was “no doubt” that Del Rosario’s filing of a complaint against Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court (ICC) caused him to be barred entry into Hong Kong.
Del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales accused Xi of committing crimes against humanity in relation to China’s activities in the West Philippine Sea.