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Former UP Law professor Harry Roque speaks on former Sec. del Rosario’s claim China violated Vienna Convention

Downright wrong.

This is the emphatic statement of former Malacanang spokesman Harry Roque on former DFA Secretary Albert Del Rosario’s claim that China violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations because he was refused entry into Hong Kong.

Hence, Del Rosario is not entitled to diplomatic immunity.

Roque explained that under the Convention, it is the accreditation of a diplomat as a diplomatic agent in the receiving states that gives a diplomatic agent immunities under the international law.

Roque added that even the incumbent DFA Secretary (Teddy Boy Locsin) is not entitled to these immunities since he is not an accredited diplomatic agent to a receiving state, in this case Hong Kong.

At any rate, Roque remarked, Del Rosario’s mimicking the earlier experience of OMB Conchita Morales Carpio was a cheap publicity stunt designed to arouse Sinophobia among Filipinos – given he knew for sure he would be barred from entering Hong Kong for reasons he was aware of.

Roque stated that under International law, the admission of aliens into a state’s territory is a purely sovereign decision.

Roque ended the FB post of the opinion that Del Rosario violated the Philippine passport act by holding a diplomatic passport as a private citizen.

You may start reading Harry Roque’s full FB post below.

Del Rosario not entitled to diplomatic immunity

Former Sec Del Rosario’s claim that China violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations because he was refused admission into Hong Kong; despite being in possession of a diplomatic passport is downright wrong. Under the Convention, it is the accreditation of a diplomat as a diplomatic agent in the receiving state that gives a diplomatic agent immunities under international law. Even the incumbent Secretary of Foreign Affairs is not entitled to these immunities since he is not an accredited diplomatic agent to a receiving state.

In any case, his copy cat act of following the footsteps of OMB Morales was a cheap publicity stunt intended to sow Sinophobia – given that he surely knew that he would be denied entry for reasons that he clearly knows. Under International law, the admission of aliens into a state’s territory is a purely sovereign decision.

The question is: why is private citizen Del Rosario in possession of a diplomatic passport? I think this is a violation of the Philippine passport act.

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