MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A third US senator has been barred by the Philippine government from entering the country for his calls to release detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed that Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts is barred entry to the Philippines, The Philippine Star reported on Wednesday, January 1.
Four other US senators joined Markey in filing the resolution. The US Senate foreign relations committee approved the resolution, which invoked the Global Magnitsky Act, on December 11. (READ: What we know so far: Proposed U.S. sanctions vs PH officials in drug war)
Markey's colleagues, US senators Patrick Leahy (Vermont) and Richard Durbin (Illinois), were already barred entry to the Philippines for pushing for the ban's inclusion in the US budget law.
(Editor's Note: Senator Markey is the author of US Senate Resolution 142, which is not the one included in the 2020 US budget law, as earlier reported.)