THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has filed deportation charges against Marc Sueselbeck who was offloaded on Sunday when he tried to leave the country back to Germany, two days after the burial of his transgender partner Jennifer Laude.
BI spokesman Elaine Tan on Monday said Sueselbeck, whose passport was confiscated, was issued a charge sheet for undesirability and was placed on a watchlist. He was told to report to the bureau’s Legal Divison on the same day to answer the charges.
Tan added that Sueselbeck will be given due process. If found guilty, he will be placed on a blacklist and deported to his home country.
The case stemmed from an incident last week when the German forcibly entered Camp Aguinaldo, the Philippine military’s national headquarters in Quezon City, in his bid to see personally US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton, who was suspected of murdering Laude in Olongapo City, Zambales, last October 11.
Tan clarified that departure of a deportee is different from that of a regular passenger.
“Deportees need to secure clearances from the National Bureau of Investigation or from the local courts,” she explained.
Tan added that deportation cases for undesirability are heard before the BI’s Board of Special Inquiry.
Such cases, she said, are decided by the Board of Commissioners that meets once a week.
“Deportation proceedings are completed in one month on the average, depending on the cooperation of concerned parties and availability of evidence,” Tan added.
Deportation cases may be elevated to the Department of Justice pending finality.