Malacañang on Wednesday said it respects the United States’ policy prohibiting the entry of foreign officials who threaten independent journalists, even as President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration has been criticized over its attacks against the media.
In a statement, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Philippines recognizes the sovereignty and independence of the U.S., which recently enacted the 2021 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act.