MANILA, Philippines – A deaf-mute passenger who was not allowed to board a plane at the airport due to a misunderstanding with an immigration officer finally left Manila for Qatar on Thursday.
Franklin Corpuz was happy when he made it to the pre-departure area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal (NAIA) 1.
While he is in Qatar to attend a chef training, his wife Raquel will handle the filing of a case against immigration officer Raul Medina.
Like her husband, Raquel is also deaf-mute. Through an interpreter, she said they want Medina to be sanctioned or punished for the trouble he caused them.
In a written explanation submitted by Medina, he maintained that he did not belittle Corpuz “because of his status as deaf-mute”.
Medina added that Corpuz was endorsed to him by another immigration officer, Lorly Balmes of the Departure Special Assistance Counter for secondary inspection due to lack of documentation.
He said he would have given Corpuz a chance to travel had he only presented other supporting documents that would show that he was really invited to travel to Qatar.
“Hindi lamang po na-fill-up ng mabuti yung indicator checklist natin. Yun lamang po ang nakikita kong pagkukulang ng officer natin,” said Theodore Pascual, Immigration head supervisor, NAIA Terminal 1.
However, Medina will still be investigated and sanctioned if found guilty.
“We will recommend siguro sa OIC namin na magkaroon tayo ng interpreter dito para ma-interpret natin at ma-assist yung mga ganitong may kapansanan,” Pascual added. Alex Santos, ABS-CBN News