• BI goes after aliens who joined anti-SONA rally


    REMEMBER the “crying cop” at the height of the protest violence during the fourth SONA of President Benigno Aquino III? Although he is now on a 15-day leave of absence, his human-interest story and photos still go viral on social media.

    It’s an altogether different story for the activist Dutch tourist caught on video camera and in pictures who confronted and verbally lashed out at PO1 Joselito Sevilla, the “crying cop,” who uncontrollably sobbed after refusing to strike back at the rallyists

    The foreigner is now under threat of deportation for meddling in the country’s internal political affairs.

    The Bureau of Immigration (BI) Thursday said it is investigating the foreigners who participated in last Monday’s violent protest rally against President Aquino’s SONA to determine if they could be deported for breach of Philippine immigration laws.

    “We are verifying their identities and visa status and if there is basis to initiate deportation proceedings against them,” Immigration Officer-in-Charge Siegfred MIson said.

    So far, the BI has identified only the Dutch tourist, 30-year-old Thomas Van Beersum, who arrived in Manila as a tourist last June 13 and was admitted for an initial stay of 21 days.

    Beersum’s insults at the “crying cop” and his publicized open letter to the policeman drew angry reactions from the public and calls for his deportation.

    According to Atty. Ma. Antonette Mangrobang, Immigration’s spokesperson, Beersum violated the limitation and condition of his admission and stay as a temporary visitor and non-immigrant. PNA


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