Duterte: Del Rosario had ‘no business’ using diplomatic passport in HK trip

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 26 2019 08:37 PM | Updated as of Jun 26 2019 10:37 PM

President Duterte said former foreign affairs secretary Albert Del Rosario had “no business using a government diplomatic passport.” Alfred Frias, Presidential Photo; George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE)—President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday criticized former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario for using a diplomatic passport during his Hong Kong trip last week.

“You have no business using a government diplomatic passport,” Duterte said in a speech during the 122nd anniversary of the Presidential Security Group held at Malacañang.

"Naggamit-gamit ng passport na hindi naman dapat He used the passport when he should not have). When you are no longer an employee of government, you have no business using a government diplomatic passport."

Del Rosario, who traveled to Hong Kong Friday using a diplomatic passport, was held for questioning and later deported.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has said it will cancel cancel all courtesy diplomatic passports following the incident.

Malacañang also said Del Rosario may have "misused" his privilege.

Del Rosario has said he will not challenge the DFA's plan, even as he denied the Palace's claim of misuse.