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Hayaan mo sila! Tolentino shrugs off US ban on De Lima’s jailers

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The United States has “every right” to bar the entry of any foreigner into their territory, Senator Francis Tolentino said on Monday.

He is hopeful that the new United States budget bill containing a provision banning those who are supposedly involved in Senator Leila de Lima’s detention will not affect the bilateral relations between the Philippines and US.

“The strong friendship between the Philippines and the United States should not be affected by this wayward provision,” Tolentino said.

He noted that the US Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 or the McCarran-Walter Act, which codified Title 8 of the United States Code “is very clear.”

“Even without that rider provision in the Budget, every sovereign state, has the right to forbid the entrance of foreigners within its borders,” he said.

“We should respect the immigration laws of the United States,” the senator said.

He added, “On the other hand, as a sovereign state, the Philippines deserve the appropriate respect for its judicial system and the application of its penal laws within its territory, upon the highest consideration of international comity and as an act of state.”

De Lima was detained in February 2017 at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center on drug charges. She denied the accusation.

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