MANILA—A Spanish man whose confrontation with police officers enforcing lockdown rules at a Makati City subdivision could be categorized as an "undesirable" alien, an immigration official said Tuesday.
In a video taken by his wife, Javier Salvador Parra could be seen being forcibly handcuffed by police. Later, authorities released a separate video showing how they had shown restraint and reasoned with him as he yelled at them.
The incident stemmed from a complaint alleging that Parra's household staff stepped out of their home without a protective mask on. Parra has a spinal injury.
Bureau of Immigration spokesperson Dana Sandoval said that foreigners can be categorized as undesirable if they cause trouble or damage in a community.
"[If] 'yung stay niya dito is nagiging risk na to public safety, to the public health, and to the people around him (or her) — lalong-lalo na 'yung mga foreign nationals who disregard our laws atsaka hindi rumerespeto sa persons of authority — that can be considered as undesirable," Sandoval said in a Radio DZMM interview.
Sandoval said categorizing Parra as such does not necessarily need a complaint from a neighbor since the BI has already conducted a probe on the incident.
"Within the week, we will be able to release updates du'n sa kaso," she said.
Previously, BI chief Jaime Morente told foreigners to follow domestic quarantine measures in the hopes of containing the COVID-19 pandemic. If they do not, they will be arrested or deported.
“The ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) guidelines were placed to promote public health and safety among members of the society. That means everyone, including foreign nationals,” Morente said in a statement, citing the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.
Police have charged Parra for disobeying quarantine measures among other violations.