To see is to believe: Bato mulls US trip to check visa validity
Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa is considering flying to the United States to find out if his visa is still valid or not.
Dela Rosa on Saturday (December 14) said he has not yet received official word from the US Embassy in Manila that his visa had been cancelled.
Politiko reported that the US government cancelled the senator’s visa in May this year.
“I am not sure because I haven’t received any official commo coming from US authorities. Maybe to confirm it is for me to travel to the US once again and find out if I would be denied entry,” Dela Rosa said.
The senator said he has a non-immigrant US visa valid for 10 years. However, he said he can’t check at the moment when it was supposed to expire since his passport is in Davao.
Politiko’s source said Dela Rosa’s visa was cancelled over his alleged involvement in the supposed extrajudicial killings of drug suspects when he was chief of the Philippine National Police.
US officials reportedly cited the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) as basis for the cancellation of the senator’s visa.
ARIA allows the US to provide $1.5 billion in security assistance to its allies in the Indo-Pacific region on the basis of promoting democracy, human rights and rule of law.