MANILA - Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will be turned away if he applies for asylum in the Philippines, President Gloria Arroyo's spokesman said Monday.
The foreign department has not officially received any request from the multi-millionaire Thaksin, who is now in search of a refuge after the British government revoked his entry visa, spokesman Jesus Dureza said.
"He will be courteously informed that he will not be received here," Dureza said on ANC television.
Earlier Monday, a senior foreign ministry official said it was "unlikely" Thaksin would seek asylum in Manila despite persistent reports in the Thai press that he was headed here.
The official also said the justice department would be unlikely to approve any application. He declined to elaborate.
Speculation over a possible move to the Philippines has heightened because Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat -- Thaksin's brother-in-law -- was to meet Arroyo here later Monday for talks on limiting the impact of the global financial crisis in the region.
Last month, Thaksin was sentenced in his absence to two years in jail for conflict of interest after helping his wife buy state-owned land when he was prime minister.
They were also due to discuss boosting two-way trade as well as military and energy cooperation.
Arroyo's office said she would meet Somchai to discuss "the international financial crisis and its impact on the region."
The Philippines and Thailand established diplomatic relations in 1949, and are both key players in the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Thailand is hosting the annual ASEAN summit in Chiang Mai in December.