- Congressman Salceda filed a resolution that would ban US presidential candidate Trump from entering the country
- Earlier in August, Trump identified the Philippines as one of the “terrorist nations”
- According to Salceda, Trump’s attitude may negatively affect OFWs in the US
After real estate mogul and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump lumped the Philippines among “terrorist nations”, a congressman is calling to ban Trump from entering the country for his recent remarks.
At a rally in Portland, Maine earlier in August, Trump included the Philippines on a list of countries he said had sent immigrants as a “Trojan horse” of “terrorist nations” plotting to wreak havoc on US soil.
“We’re letting people come in from terrorist nations that shouldn’t be allowed,” he said. “You have no idea who they are. This could be the great Trojan horse of all time. This is a practice that has to stop.”
Filipinos are naturally outraged by the comment, and in response, Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda filed a resolution proposing to have the US presidential candidate banned from entering the country for being “inimical to the national interest”; describing his remarks as “largely unprompted and undeserved”, as per an article published by Rappler.
“While Donald J. Trump has clearly generated impressions not conducive to public good and has shown disrespect or makes offensive utterances to the Filipino people. Be it resolved, as it is hereby resolved, that the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation refuse Donald J. Trump, be permanently refused entry into the Philippines,” the House resolution stated.
“There is no feasible basis or reasonable justification to the wholesale labeling of Filipinos as coming from a ‘terrorist state’ or that they will be a Trojan horse,” said Salceda.
“Trump’s remarks have had widespread dissemination, thus aggravating the shame it has already put Filipinos and Filipino Muslims, including Filipino migrants and overseas Filipino workers who this House and our society have recognized as modern heroes of our country,” he added; stressing that Trump’s attitude may negatively affect the four million Filipinos in the US.
Meanwhile, Joseph Franco, a Filipino political scientist at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, told Time: “It looks like a PR stunt to me. My compatriots have a reputation for being onion-skinned at times.”