MANILA - The Bureau of Immigration on Tuesday told foreigners to follow the Philippines' quarantine measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic or face possible arrest and deportation.
Immigration bureau chief Jaime Morente cited section 6 of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act which states foreign offenders shall be penalized and 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,” he said in a statement.
"Aliens who blatantly disregard our laws, especially during this critical period, not only face criminal charges but also immigration deportation cases as well. If deported, alien offenders will be perpetually barred from returning to the country."
Police on Monday filed charges against a foreign resident of an exclusive village in Makati City for disobeying the quarantine measure among other violations.
“This is not just about the utter disrespect towards our laws. It is more importantly about putting everybody else’s health at risk,” Morente said.
The entire Luzon, home to about half of the country's 100 million people, is under lockdown until April 30 to address the contagion, while the measure was extended until May 15 in Metro Manila and "high risk" areas in Visayas and Mindanao, subject to rechecking.