MANILA, Philippines – Deportation charges have been filed against a Spanish national who was involved in a scuffle with a police officer over an alleged violation of quarantine protocols in a Makati City subdivision in April, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Friday.
In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said it has charged Javier Salvador Parra for undesirability and overstaying in the country.
Morente said the bureau’s legal officers ordered Parra to submit a counter-affidavit to answer the reports against him, “but he reportedly refused to receive the notice and disregarded the requirement, which was due last May 21.”
“Our offices remained open to receive his response, but he failed to submit any,” Morente said.
The case stemmed from a confrontation between Parra and a police officer after the latter advised the foreigner’s househelp to wear a mask while she was outside watering the plants.
The househelp then went inside the house, and Parra emerged minutes after to confront the policeman that led to an attempted arrest for allegedly violating enhanced community quarantine policies.
The incident that took place in Dasmariñas Village last month was captured in a video and made rounds on social media.
Morente said foreign nationals who “blatanly disregard laws” and “disrespect persons of authority” may be considered undesirable aliens.
“Foreign nationals who are here in the country are expected to follow Philippine laws, especially in these special times wherein public health and safety is at risk,” Morente said.
“There is no exemption, whether you are living in a posh village, or in a slum area, you must obey the law,” he added.
Morente said that the deportation case is a separate action from criminal complaints that were earlier filed by the police against the Spanish national.
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it has ordered an investigation into the clash between a police officer and a foreign national living in a village in Makati City that took place over the weekend.
In a statement, PNP spokesperson Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac said Police chief General Archie Gamboa has directed the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) to look into the incident.
The cop, identified as Police Senior Master Sergeant Roland Von Madrona, was recorded in a video arguing with a foreigner named Javier Parra outside his residence in Dasmariñas Village.
Madrona was conducting a patrol in the village, together with Bantay Bayan personnel Esteban Gaan on the afternoon of April 26 when he noticed Parra’s house helper, Cherilyn Escalante, watering the plants outside without wearing a face mask.
The Makati Police said the patrol was conducted as per request of Barangay Dasmariñas chairperson Rosana Hwang.
Madrona claimed he politely approached and advised the maid to wear a face mask for her safety.
The helper then went inside the house, but minutes later, Parra and his wife, Abegail Salvador went out of their residence and confronted the police officer.
In the video, Parra can be seen and heard throwing foul words at the cop, and supposedly lectured him on how to implement the quarantine protocols.
The foreigner also allegedly shouted at Madrona to get off his property.
The cop tried to arrest the furious foreigner, but Parra evaded and went inside his house.
Gamboa defended the cop involved in the incident, saying he was only enforcing quarantine protocols set by the government.
“It is in the best interest of public health, order and safety that the PNP is enforcing ECQ rules and local ordinances to contain the spread of COVID-19,” he said in a statement.
The Makati City Police are set to file charges against Parra for his alleged violation of the Revised Penal Code, Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, and a local ordinance which mandates the wearing of a face mask in public, as well as verbal assault.
The Barangay Dasmariñas also said it is preparing to file similar complaints against the foreigner.
“This resident was on the street and sidewalk which belongs to DVA common area, therefore a public place. He was committing a crime in the presence of the officer and could be arrested even if he retreated to his property,” it said in a separate statement. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
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