Overstaying, trouble-making American arrested in Cebu

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BUREAU of Immigration (BI) operatives have arrested in Cebu an overstaying American whom residents had accused of being an undesirable alien for disturbing the peace and threatening their lives, the bureau announced on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Sunny Miller, 67, was arrested over the weekend in Barangay Punta in the northwestern Cebu town of San Remigio, Cebu.

In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said he issued a Mission Order for Miller’s arrest after the bureau received a complaint from barangay officials that Miller had been causing trouble in the area.

The officials also reported that the American had been engaging in business activities “without the appropriate permit and visa in blatant violation of our immigration laws,” Morente said.

BI Intelligence Chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. said the complainants accused Miller of harassment and intimidation, and of occupying land in the coastal area of the barangay, depriving fisherfolk of the use of the property for fishing and other livelihood activities.

He said Barangay Punta officials had also passed a resolution declaring Miller persona non grata “for acts contrary to morals, good customs and public policy.”

Since he was an overstaying alien, Miller now faces deportation, Manahan said.

Amid his deportation proceedings, the American is now detained at the bureau’s holding facility in Cebu.

Overstaying aliens are temporary visitors or tourists who stay in the Philippines beyond their authorized stay.

Under Immigration Memorandum Circular SBM-2014-017, foreign nationals found to be overstaying by virtue of a complaint, investigation or Mission Order regardless of the period of overstay shall be referred for deportation.

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