By Hannah Torregoza
Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa confirmed on Wednesday that his United States visa has been canceled, saying he learned about it a day before his birthday.
Dela Rosa said he has received the U.S. embassy’s response to his letter which he sent last December 2019 inquiring if his visa was canceled.
The former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief said he wrote a letter inquiring into the status of his U.S. visa after the U.S. approved a legislation prohibiting the entry of Philippine officials who were supposedly behind the arrest and detention of opposition Sen. Leila de Lima.
“I sent an official letter to the embassy inquiring from them if my visa was canceled. I received their official answer a day before my birthday, Jan. 20,” Dela Rosa told reporters in an interview. “What a good birthday gift, informing me that my visa is no longer valid for travel to the U.S.”
Dela Rosa also said he was told to reapply again if he wants to secure a U.S. visa, and added that no reason was given for the cancellation of his visa.
Asked if he will reapply, Dela Rosa said he will consider it especially if President Duterte wants his company should the latter accept President Donald Trump’s invitation to attend the upcoming U.S.-ASEAN summit in Las Vegas in March.
“Titingnan ko kung pupunta si Pangulong Duterte, tanggapin invitation ni Trump, just in case lang, then I will apply,” Dela Rosa said.