No truth to visa-free policy for Filipinos in US

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

THE Philippine Embassy in Washington dispelled Wednesday online news reports that the United States has announced a no-visa policy for Filipinos.

In a statement, the embassy said it has been “in touch with the US Department of State, which has denied making such an announcement.”

“There is no truth to what appears to be an online news report that the US has announced a no-visa policy,” the embassy said.

“The Embassy reminds the public that the online article being circulated in social media is a satirical piece that should not be taken seriously,” it added.

Quoting the US State Department, the article, which is being circulating in social media, said the no-visa policy will take effect “immediately.”

The new policy, the report said, “comes on the heels of a recent survey showing that an overwhelming majority of Filipinos have a favorable view of the United States.”

“The Philippines ranked first in a global survey on the image of the United States worldwide, beating even the US itself when it comes to a favorable view on the American people,” the report said.

The report claimed that the US “made this monumental decision as a way to reward the Filipinos for making the US really look good in the survey."

The US Embassy in Manila said in its Twitter post Wednesday that there has been no change in US visa policy for Filipinos traveling to the US. (PNA)

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