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‘Nyet’: PH will never restrict entry of Russians, says Locsin

/ 10:47 PM April 07, 2022
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Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (FILE) PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will “never” restrict the entry of Russian travelers, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Thursday.

“There’s a suggestion that the Philippines restrict the entry of Russian travelers. My answer is nunca; nyet; never,” Locsin said on Twitter.

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“Filipinos have a proud tradition unknown elsewhere: we welcome any who wish to visit or seek refuge. We took in White Russians, defeated Spanish Republicans, especially Basques, defeated Nationalists from the Chinese civil war (still ongoing), Vietnamese boat people and Iranians,” he added.

Locsin also recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte offered to accept Rohingya refugees.

“President Duterte offered to take in Rohingya (but no takers; UNDP explained we are outside their line of migration). Just no drug dealers unless they’re asking for permanent residency 6 feet under,” the foreign affairs chief said.

Ukrainian refugees

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippines “stands ready to welcome Ukrainians seeking refuge from the war in their country” in accordance with Manila’s “long tradition of providing humanitarian assistance.”

“The Philippines pledged US$100K contribution to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ Humanitarian Flash Appeal,” a DFA infographic also read.

The DFA issued the assurance to take in Ukrainian refugees during the 30th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Ukraine on Thursday.

Last February, Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine, which it called a “special operation” to “demilitarize” and to “denazify” the eastern European country. Since then, thousands of Ukrainians have fled the Russian bombardments and killings.

Russia has since received widespread condemnation from the international community, and has been mete with sanctions from various countries.

For its part, the Philippines joined 140 other nations in deploring Russia’s “aggression against Ukraine.”

In early March, the Philippine government ordered the mandatory evacuation of Filipinos from Ukraine amid the crisis.

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