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.
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