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One-man immigration bureau: Duterte to decide who goes in, out of PH

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President Rodrigo Duterte will exercise his power to deny entry to foreigners he deems to be undesirable following the arrest of an Australian nun who he claimed criticized him.

In a speech at the Armed Forces of the Philippines change of command ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo Wednesday (April 18), Duterte said foreigners must “not mess up with the sovereignty of this country.”

“Beginning today, I will decide who gets in, who gets out. You want to question that, you go to court and I will follow,” he said.

Duterte warned leftist organizations against inviting foreign critics to the Philippines, saying he will have them arrested if they enter the country secretly.

“Kayong mga left, do not ever, ever try to invite. I will not allow them in this country. And if they decide to enter surreptitiously, they will be arrested. But if you come here, just deliver your piece about human rights in the proper way,” he said.

The President lashed out at foreigners for allegedly meddling in Philippine affairs after he scored Australian nun Patricia Fox for supposedly insulting him.

Fox, 71, was arrested Monday (April 16) for allegedly joining rallies and other political activities in the Philippines. She was released from detention the following day.

The Australian nun, who holds a valid missionary visa, admitted she joined rallies for political prisoners and farmers.

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