Panelo backs Locsin on ending issuance of visa upon arrival

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The Philippines should end issuing visa upon arrival and that visas should be issued by consular offices after vetting process, Foreign Affairs Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. said in a Twitter post on July 31.

“We need to put an end to visas upon arrival; all visas should be issued by consular offices after vetting. We must take extra care in outsourcing any part of the visa application process, picking only the most reputable worldwide,” Secretary Locsin said.

The position of Locsin was back by Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo.

“I agree with Secretary Locsin. Kailangan talaga vini-vet kasi ‘pag tayo humihingi ng visa nahihirapan din tayong kumuha, because they vet. Tinitingnan muna nila,” Secretary Panelo said during the August 1 press briefing in Malacañang.

This is after National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said that he has the tendency to look at the influx of Chinese nationals into the countryas security risk.

“As the National Security Adviser, I have the tendency to look at it as a threat,” he said as quoted by ABS-CBN News. “I’m on the cautious side. When foreigners, regardless of nationality, come in, and their intent is not clear. Or when some of them are undocumented, or have false documentation.”