MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Tuesday censured a Filipino couple in the United States for using President Rodrigo Duterte as their scapegoat in seeking political asylum. In a statement, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Malacañang found it “amusing that an immigration judge from San Francisco, USA, granted political asylum to Rene and Joy Flores. ADVERTISEMENTThe Flores couple, who went to the United States in 2000 to visit relatives, sought political asylum in the U.S. for fear of persecution from the government if they are sent back to the Philippines. The couple asked the help of immigration lawyer Ted Laguatan after U.S. President Donald Trump’s tightened rules on undocumented immigrants. The couple has joined protests in the US against Duterte for the alleged extrajudicial killings and the war on drugs in the Philippines.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer December 10, 2019 01:30 UTC