Duterte tells Filipinos to follow rules amidst U.S. immigration ban on 7 countries

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President Rodrigo Duterte says he will not interfere should any Filipinos be caught violating the immigration laws of the U.S.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Duterte says he will not interfere with U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order to ban travelers from seven countries from entering the U.S.

Duterte said he'd like to give the new U.S. President the same kind of response he received when they talked about his war on drugs.

"Kasi nu'ng sinabi rin niya ako [He told me], 'We will not interfere in your drug war, you're doing it right.' So out of respect for that statement, I can only answer him in the manner that he has told me. Hindi ako makialam [I will not interfere]," Duterte said in a media briefing held early Monday.

He told overstaying Filipinos to return home.

"So 'yung mga Pilipinong nandoon [To the Filipinos there], you better be on the right track. If you are not allowed to stay there, you are overstaying, get out. Because if you are caught and you get deported, I will not lift a finger. You know that it is a violation of the law," Duterte said.

There are an estimated half a million undocumented Filipinos in the United States, according to political science professor Dennis Coronacion.

President Duterte said he is willing to welcome Muslim immigrants to the Philippines.

"Ako, in the name of humanity and God, we'll have to make some adjustments. If there is a compelling reason for us to offer sanctuary, I'm one of those na okay lang ako [I will be okay with it]," he said.

Immigration restrictions

On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump signed two executive actions Friday at the Department of Defense, in what he called the "extreme vetting" of immigrants.

Among the orders he signed suspended admission of Syrian refugees indefinitely and limits the flow of other refugees into the United States.

Read: Trump signs executive order to keep out 'radical Islamic terrorists'

This is among the moves Trump promised to enact in the first 100 days of his presidency, which began on January 20.

Read: Trump's immigration ban sends shockwaves