Philippines bans two U.S. senators, mulls new visa rules for Americans
The Philippines has banned two U.S. lawmakers from visiting and will introduce tighter entry restrictions for U.S. citizens should Washington enforce sanctions over the detention of a top government critic, the president's spokesman said on Friday.
(SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) PHILIPPINE SENATOR, LEILA DE LIMA, SAYING (FEBRUARY 23, 2017): "Like I said before, I have no plans to run away from these cases.
I have no plans to hide because I will face these cases." De Lima was charged with drug offenses in early 2017 after she led an investigation into mass killings during President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs.
(SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) PHILIPPINE SENATOR, LEILA DE LIMA, SAYING (FEBRUARY 24, 2017): "The truth will be out in the right time.
If they think they can silence me, if they think I can no longer fight for what I'm fighting for, especially finding the truth behind the daily killings, the other issues, the pressures and tyranny under Duterte's regime, then it is my honour to get arrested because of what I'm fighting for.
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