Sec. Del Rosario returned to the Philippines on Friday, June 21, after being barred from entering Hong Kong. He was on board Cathay Pacific Flight 919, the plane landed at NAIA in Pasay City at 4:28 PM.
Based on reports from Hong Kong, the Immigration officials held Del Rosario for almost six hours at the airport in Hong Kong which caused the foreign affairs secretary to miss the stakeholders meeting of the First Pacific Company Ltd., his purpose for flying to the country.
Netizens reacted upon seeing the photos of Albert Del Rosario using the airport’s wheelchair and did not went through the usual process of lining up at the immigration counters. He was greeted by former Ombudsman Chonchita Carpio Morales, who experienced the same ordeal in Hong Kong last May.
With Del Rosario’s predicament, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, in his capacity of government officer-in-charge (OIC) while President Duterte is attending the ASEAN summit, instructed the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to look into the former DFA secretary’s case.
“As OIC, I will request the DFA to find out the reason for former SFA’s (Del Rosario) exclusion and extend whatever assistance could be given to him as a former foreign minister of our country,” said Guevarra.
But Guevarra said Del Rosario should have already expected it since former Ombudsman Morales also experienced a similar incident in Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, here’s some reactions from netizens on the wheelchair appearance of Sec. Del Rosario at NAIA:
Maitet Gonzales: Naku! Naka wheelchair si Lolo Top Diplomat Del Rosario pagdating sa NAIA. Lintek na Ch!na yan. Napagod tuloy sa “ordeal” in HK airport. Or ayaw lang pumila kasama ng mga regular citizens. Lolo, revoked na ba yung diplomat privileges ninyo that you opted for the wheelchair perks? ANG TANDA TANDA niyo na, SPOILED BRAT PA RIN!
Teresa Sangalang: Aba syempre priority din kasi naka wheelchair.
Edwin Jamora: Inferness, typical na gawain to nang mga Pinoy! Korek ba? Check mo sa LA and SFO. Ilang beses ko nang nakita to. Taz an dami pang mga eche bureche na kala mo maton sa dami nang bagaheng bitbit. Tapos eto pa ang siste. Pag katabi mo? Nakaaaa! Gagawin kang indio! Tiga baba at akyat nung lecheng bagahe nila! Tse!
Aimee B. de Guia: Nakapoy lang ang tigulang. Ako nga Ibwant to request a wheelchair na sa haba ng lalakarin na may luggage pang hihilahin.
Roumeilla Ruth Pineda-Lüssi: Kadami nilang paawa epek…kung ano ano n lng ang mga pinagagawa nila..haiist.
Fornolles Alvin: The entitlement of abnoy’s dog ito at si conchits ang mga matandang spoiled brat.
Tony Santillan: Walang galang po kayo lolo…expired na po ang diplomatic passport niyo.
Benny Mendoza: Sinalubong pa ni lola Conching sa airport.
Dilawan talagang galawan. Teledramang teledrama ang dating eh.