The Government of Guam, headed by Governor Freddie Calvo, has unanimously decided to “suspend until further notice” the scheduled April 24-26 visit of the Philippine Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, to the Pacific Island US Territory following the latter’s controversial “UN video”, the Pacific Daily News reported on Tuesday.
The report said the decision was finalized after a short session on Monday, and a copy of notice to be sent to the Office of the Vice President was already sent to the office of Guam Embassy in Manila.
Robredo’s speech attracted the attentions of many countries, especially the European Union which threaten to cut economic ties with the Philippines Robredo’s claims in her video are proven true.
But Guam, a close Philippine ally under the United States, and having more than a quarter of Filipino population, acted differently.
Lieutenant Governor Roy Tenero said the suspension of the Philippines’ VP visit is not personal, but rather to protect the interest of both countries. Tenero added that the suspension of visit will take effect as long as “the confusions over the video are cleared”.
The report said Robredo is scheduled to visit the large Filipino women community in Guam on April 24 to 26.
The Office of the Vice President has yet to issue comment on the matter.
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