MANILA (The Philippines) – The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has told the media that the Philippines is on the verge of becoming a territory of the United States.
The Philippines, which was once a territory of the United States from 1898–1902 has agreed to the United States offer to reclaim the country as one of its territories.
According to Duterte, the Philippines would be joining Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa to become permanently inhabited territory of the United States.
“This has been a request on the table for quite sometime. Trump administration has made it very favorable for us.” – Rodrigo Duterte said.
“Filipino envoy are expected to be in the U.S soon to append signatures on documents” – he added.
As a territory of the United States, the Philippines would become a sub-national administrative division directly overseen by the United States federal government.
Despite being overseen by the United States, the Philippines would have an organized government through an Organic Act passed by the U.S. Congress.
The country will also have local voting rights and protections under U.S. courts, pay some U.S. taxes, and have limited representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Filipinos will elect “Members of Congress” who, like the delegate from Washington, D.C., “possess the same powers as other members of the House, except that they may not vote when the House is meeting as the House of Representatives.”
As a member of the U.S territories, the Philippines automatically becomes part of the U.S and as such would not require visas when traveling to the U.S.
Duterte hinted that, plans are far advanced for the Philippines to be recognized as a U.S territory.