Malacañang on Trump’s travel ban: We respect US policy

  • Palace official commented on U.S. president’s order barring citizens of 7 Muslim-majority countries
  • She said PH will respect the new regulations, says it’s their prerogative
  • She also said DFA will assist Filipinos caught up with Trump’s order

MANILA, Philippines – Amid the uproar caused by U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning the entry of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries into America, Malacañang Palace said it will respect his immigration crackdown as it is their right to do so.

“We respect the policy of the United States of America. If they have prohibitions or they would be banning people from entering their country that is their right. They have regulations on who are qualified to go to their country,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted Communications Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag as saying.

Banaag added that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is prepared to assist locals who may become entangled with the newest regulations.

“What we can do would be to let the DFA negotiate on that matter. However, we would respect kung ano man ang regulasyon ng embahada o ng U.S. [respect whatever regulations there are of the embassy or the U.S. ,]” she said.

Aside from the ban on travelers on the seven countries, the new regulations also require all green card holders to undergo additional screening before they can return to the U.S.

“You will be allowed to re-enter the United States pending a routine rescreening,” a White House official said.

Critics have blasted Trump’s EO as discriminatory and unconstitutional; with a federal judge issuing a temporary restraining order against the removal of refugees and immigrants with valid visas who are already in the U.S.

Trump has defended his order; saying it is necessary to prevent the easy entry of terrorists into the U.S.