MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte didn’t have to fall in line at the U.S. Embassy in Manila for a U.S. visa. It came in the mail, courtesy of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Alas, Duterte instructed his right-hand man Bong Go to return the mail to sender.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, previously praised and invited by President Trump to come to the White House, said he will not visit the United States during or after his term because the country is “lousy.”
Duterte’s remarks about one of the Philippines’ oldest allies was in response to Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), who said he would protest if the Filipino leader utilized Trump’s invitation.
“There will never be a time that I will go to America during my term, or even thereafter. So what makes that guy think I’ll go to America? I’ve seen America, and it’s lousy,” Duterte told reporters Friday about McGovern.
Upon learning of the mailed visa, Vice President Leni Robredo sent a text message to the U.S. Embassy, asking if she could stand as proxy to Duterte for the botched White House visit. Embassy officials have yet to respond to Robredo.