The Dutch activist who confronted a sobbing policeman in a rally during the delivery of the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) was held at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for overstaying, right when he was about to leave the country for Xiamen, China.
In a statement, Bureau of Immigration (BI) Officer-in-Charge Siegfred Mison said that 20 year-old Thomas Beersum, was arrested by immigration officers after the BI board of commissioners issued a summary deportation order against him last August 1, 2013.
On July 22, 2013, during an anti-SONA rally, a policeman who was part of a barricade to keep protesters at bay suddenly broke into tears. His sobbing caught the attention of the media, who then captured him on camera while he was being confronted by Beersum. Photos and videos of the two went viral on various social networking sites including Twitter and Facebook.
The BI ordered Beersum to be deported for overstaying his 21-day visa. Beersum arrived in Manila on June 3 but failed to apply for an extension of his stay.
Aside from overstaying, Beersum was also charged with violating the conditions of his stay as a tourist by participating in an anti-SONA rally.
Mison said that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) found no legal impediment to the processing of clearances required for the man’s deportation.
He also said the BI implements deportation orders after the proper clearances are obtained from the courts, the police and the NBI. This is to ensure that the foreigner to be expelled is not accused in a pending criminal case.
Mison assured Beersum that there is no reason for them to detain him at the BI jail in Bicutan. He also said that the BI will book Beersum on the next available flight once his clearances are secured from the NBI. JAN ERICK C. TUTAAN