Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda has just filed House Resolution No. 43, which seeks to ban US Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump from entering the Philippines.
It may be recalled that earlier this month, Trump spoke at a rally in Portland, Maine. He had reiterated a warning against the US taking in immigrants from so-called "terrorist nations."
Trump had said, "We are letting people come in from terrorist nations that shouldn't be allowed because you can't vet them. You have no idea who they are. This could be the great Trojan horse of all time."
Trump went on to enumerate the countries that he felt the US should be wary of: Afghanistan, Iraq, Morocco, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia, Syria, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.
As such, Salceda pointed out in his resolution: "There is no feasible basis or reasonable justification to the wholesale labeling of Filipinos as coming from a 'terrorist state' or that they will be a Trojan horse."
Philstar.com added that "to support his resolution, Salceda cited Memorandum Order No. ADD-01-005 dated March 29, 2001 issued by the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation." The said memo lists grounds to exclude and deny foreign nationals entry into the Philippines.
Salceda pointed out that Trump has "clearly generated impressions not conducive to public good and has shown disrespect or makes offensive utterances to the Filipino people."
The report said, however, that "Congressional resolutions, passed to express the 'sense' or position of a House, are not binding."
In any case, Salceda isn't the only lawmaker to have brought up banning Trump.
A CNN feature recalls that in December 2015, Scottish freelance journalist and activist Suzanne Kelly launched a petition to block Trump from British shores. Kelly said Trump uttered "hate speech" when he called for a travel ban on Muslims entering the United States. The petition got more than 574,000 signatures.
"Any petition that gets more than 100,000 signatures is considered by Parliament's Petitions Committee, which weighs whether to send the petition for debate by lawmakers in Parliament," the CNN report explained.
In January this year, the UK lawmakers got into a heated debate over the proposed Trump ban. They were not unanimous in blocking him from the UK.
At around the same time, German lawmaker Dieter Janecek, a member of Germany's Green Party, called for Trump to be banned from entering the country. "Janecek pointed out that the Republican presidential candidate's comments on Muslims could incite racial hatred," reports CNBC.
Ultimately, Janecek's fellow politicians said it was best to ignore Trump—which may be the best way to hurt the man who loves to draw attention to himself.