Locsin orders PH consulate in Chicago to reply to American’s query on travel restrictions

Published July 21, 2020, 11:40 AM

by Roy Mabasa

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Tuesday hurled an expletive in ordering the Philippine Consulate in Chicago to respond to the query of an American netizen who wanted to travel to the Philippines to be with his Filipino fiancée amid travel restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Locsin’s reaction was prompted by a message posted by the American netizen on Twitter who claimed the Consulate failed to reply to repeated inquiries on how he could be reunited with his fiancée.

“P*&^%$#@! Where are you? You are getting an appointment in Chicago with my Consulate. Period. @DFAPHL I want Chicago to answer this man’s query and it better be a good answer and then answer me,” Locsin said in response to the netizen’s tweet.

Seemingly frustrated with the delay of his planned trip to the Philippines, the netizen said: “We smile on [the] outside but our hearts are breaking inside. We desperately cling on to anything till I can return home……We fight for love. We fight for what’s right. Please make this exemption happen for the family.”

Locsin, known for his wit, sarcastic posts and oftentimes expletive-laden rants said: “You checked that with a Philippine Consulate right? @DFAPHL get in touch with him. I don’t wan’t a f__k up. This is love.”

On Monday, the Philippine government announced only foreigners with permanent resident or immigrant status stamped on their visas will be allowed to enter the country beginning August 1.

Prior, the Philippine Consulate General’s offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles in an advisory said foreign passport holders are not allowed to enter the Philippines at all during the pandemic.