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Palace: Travel ban to US won’t adversely affect PH economy, security

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By Prince Golez

The decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to ban Cabinet members from making trips to the United States (US) will not adversely affect the country’s economy and security, Malacañang said.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued this remark after Senator Panfilo Lacson said an indefinite travel ban to the US can also have “adverse consequences” on employed Filipino immigrants there.

“He is entitled to his opinion, but I don’t think so,” Panelo added.

On Wednesday, Duterte barred his top government officials from traveling to the US, adding that he was “toning down” the country’s ties with its closest ally.

The President had earlier announced the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement between the two countries, citing Washington’s interference in the Philippine domestic affairs.

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