And how can Foreign Secretary Yasay preach “breaking away” from the US when his 3 children are all enjoying life there?
Exclusive by Raïssa Robles
I know for a fact that consular officials of other countries do read Facebook and Twitter to find out in certain instances whether those who want to visit their countries could pose a security threat or an immigration problem.
The political bent of a visa applicant usually does not matter.
That is, until now, when President Rodrigo Duterte started cursing officials of the US and the European Union.
If you think you are safe because the US has not reacted in any way, think again.
Because of the imminent presidential elections there, US officials are basically on a holding pattern. They would rather leave it to the next administration to deal with Duterte and his supporters leaving in the US or wanting to go there for a vacation or to do TNT.
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Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay has long been my news source, particularly during the presidency of the Joseph Estrada, when the president yelled on national TV that Yasay should be struck by lightning for saying things about him concerning stock manipulation.
Now Yasay is once again at the center of a political firestorm, this time as foreign secretary defending Duterte’s cursing against US officials.
Someone on Facebook was asking me whether Yasay has a green card or is a dual citizen. I don’t know. Does anybody know?
Yasay, in his acquired American twang, has smoothly explained this way the words of Duterte, his former roommate at the Young Men’s Christian Association in Manila:
“It implies breaking away from the debilitating mindset of dependency and subservience that have perpetuated our ‘little brown brother’ image to America, which has stunted our growth and advancement” and did not mean destroying alliances and making enemies.
“It simply means letting go of the disguised chains that continue to hold us captive to foreign interests in order to enable our people and duly elected leaders to address our urgent problems and needs in the light of our priorities, experiences and values without undue outside interference.”
One thing about Yasay, he can talk like forever. But he is a very good talker.
Yasay talks about “breaking away” from the US. Ironically, his ringing rhetoric is undermined by the fact that Yasay’s three children – Oliver, Raveena and Stephanie – are all living in the United States, enjoying the good life there.
Not only that, Yasay’s late mother is also buried there.
I sense from what he says and my previous interviews with him that Yasay is mightily trying right now to massage the President’s harsh words into less strident tones and meanings. But such efforts can only go so far when you have a president who simply blurts out what he thinks, then takes it back, then blurts out some more.