FAKE: Reports on US bilateral visa policy after Duterte's complaint
MANILA, Philippines – At least 3 websites have released or posted a false report that the United States wants a bilateral visa policy with Asia following a complaint by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
The sites USA Today-TV and Du30NewsInfo posted the fake report, while the Philippine News Portal cited USA Today-TV as its source.
The USA Today-TV version of the report, however, is missing specific phrases that are in the Philippine News Portal and Du30NewsInfo versions of the writeup.
The USA Today-TV post asserts that the US would consider a bilateral visa policy with Asia "after Duterte slammed the US for restrictive visa policies," asking why those visa policies were not bilateral.
The following screenshot from USA Today-TV shows missing phrases referring to the supposed United States bilateral visa policy with Asia.
Philippine News Portal's false report fills in the blanks, despite apparently being a copy-paste of the above post.
Philippine News Portal also uses a template statement from Du30NewsInfo as a disclaimer to its posts. The disclaimer on Philippine News Portal and Du30NewsInfo both read: "Contributed articles does (sic) not reflect the view of du30newsinfo. This website cannot guarantee the legitimacy of some of the information contributed to us. You may do additional research if you find some information doubtful."
The US Customs and Border Protection website has not released any new advisories regarding enabling bilateral visa policies with Asia.
There is, however, a long-standing Visa Waiver Program permitting citizens of 38 countries to travel to the US for business or tourism for up to 90 days without a visa.
The Philippines is not among the 38 countries, though Japan, South Korea (listed as the Republic of Korea), Singapore, and Taiwan are participating countries in the Visa Waiver Program. – Rappler.com