South Africa Weighs on Suspending Robredo, Pangilinan Travel after Guam Incident

The South African Consulate is requesting details from the Philippine Embassy in South Africa about the reported suspension of Vice President Leni Robredo’s travel to Guam, the Johannesburg Daily reported today.

According to a letter sent to Ambassador Gerardo Angeles, the Consulate would like to find out why Guam has suspended Robredo’s travel.

Robredo, together with Sen. Francis Pangilinan and other congressmen, and ex-officials of the past Aquino administration are scheduled to visit South Africa on March 31 to April 4, 2017.

“South Africa has a serious history of discrimination and human rights abuses, and if VP. Robredo’s allegations on her viral video are not true; we are obliged to cancel her travel citing dishonesty and public trust”, the Consulate said.

Guam has previously cancelled Robredo’s scheduled travel on April following a controversial video that was reportedly submitted to the United Nations criticizing Duterte’s war on drugs.

Duterte allies consider the video “extremely destructive” and “gave shame to the whole country”.

A group of lawyers and professors are consolidating impeachment charges against Robredo despite Duterte’s call not to pursue. The impeachment case is scheduled to be filed on May when the Congress resumes its session.

The Consulate also would like to know the details of travel of other delegates, especially those who are not connected to the Philippine government anymore, particularly former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, and former Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya – both facing graft complaints. /Macky Junio/

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