Spanish national in Makati Village incident ‘perpetually banned’ from entering PH – BI

Robie de Guzman   •   June 16, 2020   •   1002

Javier Salvador Parra (center) in an altercation with a police officer in a village in Makati City

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday said the Spanish national who figured in an altercation with a police officer in a village in Makati City has been “perpetually banned” from entering the Philippines.

In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said Javier Salvador Parra has been ordered barred from re-entering the country last June 3 after it was confirmed that he has not returned since he left the country three days after the April 26 incident.

“Now that he has been placed in our Immigration blacklist, he is now perpetually banned from reentering the Philippines for being an undesirable alien,” Morente said.

“Foreigners who disrespect our laws and persons of authority do not deserve the privilege to stay in our country,” he added.

Morente said the blacklist order against Parra should serve as a warning to other foreigners not to violate Philippine laws and insult police officers enforcing these policies.

Parra had a violent altercation and eluded arrest by a police officer that stemmed from the officer allegedly reminding Parra’s househelp to wear a face mask while outside their home in Dasmariñas Village.

The April 26 incident was caught on video and made rounds on social media.

BI records showed that Parra departed for Madrid last April 29. He was not stopped from leaving since there were no formal charges against him at the time.

On May 22, the bureau said it has filed deportation charges against Parra after he failed to submit his counter-affidavit to the allegations against him.

The BI said the deportation charges were filed against the Spanish man on the ground of undesirability.

“Even when he (is) out of the country he could still file his answer to the allegations by engaging the services of a lawyer who could submit a counter-affidavit on his behalf. It was obvious that he really intended to disregard the notice by just ignoring it,” BI intelligence chief Fortunato Manahan said.

The BI said the deportation charges is separate from criminal complaints filed by the police before the Makati Prosecutor’s office.

PH now allows foreigners to renew expired re-entry permits at airports

Robie de Guzman   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign nationals with valid Philippine visas are now allowed to renew their expired re-entry permits (RP) and special return certificates (SRC) at the country’s airports, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said.

The BI said an RP is issued to a holder of an immigrant visa, who is a permanent resident in the Philippines, while the SRC is obtained by a non-immigrant such as holders of working visa and student visa.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the move will facilitate the unhampered entry of foreigners with existing valid visas who were not permitted to enter the Philippines when the coronavirus pandemic struck the world last year.

“Many of these foreign nationals have already expired RPs and SRCs, and the new procedure will allow them to renew this at the airport upon arrival,” Morente said in a statement issued on Sunday.

The bureau said foreigners cannot leave the country unless they have secured their RP or SRC as well as their emigration clearance certificate (ECC).

Official receipts of these payments are to be presented to the immigration officer upon these aliens’ return to the country, it said.

Re-entry permit fees are valid from six months to one year from the date of a foreigner’s departure, it added.

The Philippine government earlier this month eased travel restrictions to allow more foreigners to enter the country by including those with valid visas issued as of March 20, 2020.

BI: Bahraini man wanted for sex crimes nabbed in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A Bahraini national who is facing rape charges in his country has been arrested in the Philippines, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the foreigner as Alsendi Waleed Abdulla Hamad, 43. He was arrested on Tuesday in Dasmariñas, Cavite by operatives from the bureau’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU).

Morente said Hamad was arrested on orders of the Department of Justice (DOJ) following instruction to verify the presence and status here of the said Bahraini national and, if warranted, to initiate deportation proceedings against him.

Hamad is the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the public prosecutor’s office of Bahrain for sexual assault and possession of pornographic materials. Consequently, an Interpol red notice against him was issued two years ago, he added.

“He will be summarily deported as his presence here and record as a sex offender pose a serious threat to our people,” the BI chief said in a statement on Thursday.

Information from the BI showed that Hamad fled to the Philippines in March 2016 after being accused of sexually assaulting a female victim in his apartment.

He is being detained at the BI warden facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending issuance of the order for his deportation by the bureau’s board of commissioners, the bureau said.

Hamad will also be placed on the immigration blacklist and banned from re-entering the Philippines, it added.

BI warns OFWs vs extortionists, fixers posing as immigration officers

Robie de Guzman   •   February 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday warned overseas Filipinos workers against a modus involving fixers pretending to be immigration officers to extort money from their unsuspecting victims.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the warning citing a complaint that they received from an aspiring OFW last December 2020.

“We have received a complaint sometime in December regarding a Filipino worker who wanted to depart to Dubai under a tourist visa, but was intercepted at the airport,” Morente said in a statement.

“An immigration officer who introduced himself as James approached her and offered to escort her for a fee,” he added.

According to the complainant, “James” claimed that he was assigned as an immigration officer at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and had the capacity to allow the victim’s departure.

The victim said she initially transferred P7,000, followed by P28,500 through bank transfer to the suspect. She again later transferred P39,500 upping her total transfer to P75,000 and attempted to depart but was intercepted again.

“The victim tried to ask for her money back from the suspect but he made excuses about it. Upon verification with our records, we had no such employee,” Morente said.

Morente said they had sought the help of government intelligence agencies, as well as the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in pursuing the case against the fixer.

“I am unable to disclose the details of the said fixer, but we received intelligence information yesterday about him. We already have his identity,” he said.

“I have instructed our Travel Control and Enforcement Unit and Intelligence Division to coordinate with the NBI and ensure that this person faces the harshest penalties of the law,” he added.

Morente urged OFWs not to entertain offers of fixers and extortionists so as not to fall prey to their schemes.

“They are sweet-talkers that will entice you to attempt to work illegally, but we have already measures in place to prevent that from happening,” he said.

“Report any fixing and extortion attempts to the police to make sure that they are arrested and they are prevented from victimizing other people again,” he added.

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