Why is Go worried?


    SEN. Bong Go should go ahead and tell President Duterte to ban American legislators who they think are “meddling” in the way they are running the country.

    Speaking during the 118th Balangiga Day Commemoration in Balangiga, Eastern Samar last September 28, Go said “I will suggest to President Duterte to ban American legislators from entering our country for interfering in our internal affairs. These senators think they know better than us in governing ourselves.”

    Go’s tirade against the American legislators is a reaction to the amendment US Senators Richard Durbin and Patrick Leahy proposed, and was approved, in the Fiscal Year 2020 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill which is to prohibit entry to the US of Philippine government officials involved in the imprisonment of Sen. Leila de Lima which they see as “politically motivated.”

    The budget amendment followed the filing of a resolution in the US House of Representatives condemning the Philippine government for its continued detention of De Lima and called for her immediate release.

    It is the right of every government to come up with measures which it thinks will protect the interest of the people it serves. If Go thinks it will serve the interest of Filipinos to ban those “meddling” American officials, he should advise the President to do so.

    But why is Go overreacting? Does he think he would be included among those who would be banned from going to the US?

    So what if he could not travel to the US? Would it be the end of the world for him and those who would be affected by the ban?

    It is public knowledge that a number of senators have not been to the US for years for one reason or another. Sen. Imee Marcos has not been back to the US after they came back from exile following the overthrow of the Marcos government in 1986. Sen. Panfilo Lacson has not been known to visit the United States for many years.

    Or even Sen. Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa. He didn’t travel to Las Vegas last July to watch the fight of fellow senator Manny Pacquiao against Keith Thurman at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, unlike in past fights of Pacquiao.

    De la Rosa instead joined Sen. Tito Sotto and other legislators in watching the Pacquiao-Thurman fight in a mall in Metro Manila.

    Life goes on even if you are not able to go to the US.