Sara Duterte in US for Washington-sponsored international leadership program

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 24 2020 08:55 PM

MANILA - Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is in the United States for an international leadership program sponsored by the US State Department. 

In a tweet on Jan. 22, the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. said it welcomed Duterte-Carpio and Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco, who are both participating in "a program on preventing terrorism in Southeast Asia" under the US State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). 

This came a day before her father President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to scrap the Philippine-US Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) if Washington does not restore his long-time ally Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa's US Visa. 

Dela Rosa, a former national police chief, earlier said his visa was canceled possibly over his involvement in government's drug war. 

On Instagram, Duterte-Carpio posted a photo of herself with the hashtag #ivlp, in reference to the program. 

The IVLP is the US State Department's "premier professional exchange program," according to information on its website. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The US Department of State's Bureau of Counterterrorism also tweeted a photo of Duterte-Carpio and Climaco with Ambassador Nathan Sales, who they met for discussions on efforts against terrorism and violent extremism in Mindanao. 

Malacañang earlier Friday said government has started the process of terminating the military pact- which governs the conduct of US troops when in the Philippines- as it would no longer wait for US response to the President's threat. 

The President has, meanwhile, rejected a US invitation to attend a leaders' summit between American and Southeast Asian officials in Las Vegas in March. 

His spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte expressed reservations, including doubts on whether the US would issue him a visa.