Newspaper article China Post

There's a Holdup on Visa-Free Entry to Taiwan for Filipinos

Newspaper article China Post

There's a Holdup on Visa-Free Entry to Taiwan for Filipinos

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TAIPEI, Taiwan - The Taiwan government is eager to offer visa-free entry to Philippine passport holders but won't do so until the Marawi crisis has been resolved, according to Taipei's representative office in Manila.

Marawi has been under siege since May, with intense clashes between Philippine security forces and Islamic State-affiliated militants.

Gary Song-Huann Lin, from of the Taiwan Economic Cooperation Office in Manila, on Monday identified the security situation in Marawi as one of the considerations holding up the implementation of visa-free status, the Philippine-based Business World Online reported Monday.

"We are reviewing the administrative and security procedures to ensure that people like Hapilon don't enter Taiwan," it quoted Lin as saying, referring to Isnilon Hapilon, a high-profile leader of the militants. …

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