MANILA (UPDATED) - Bureau of Immigration (BI) officials yesterday issued a deportation charge for undesirability against Thai national Prasertsri Kosin, known to netizens under the handle “Koko Narak”.
Kosin gained notoriety in the social media community in recent weeks for his racially-offensive comments in his Facebook account where he tagged Filipinos as "pignoys," "stupid creatures," "low-class slum slaves" and "useless race in this world."
Screengrab from Koko Narak's Facebook profile.
He was discovered to be working for Cognizant Philippines, a business process outsourcing company based in Taguig City.
"Based on our records, Kosin is working under a special non-immigrant visa based on Section 47(a)(2) of the Philippine Immigration Act. The visa will be eventually cancelled should he be determined to be undesirable," said BI spokesperson Elaine Tan.
Kosin was informed of the deportation charge yesterday.
Tan said that Kosin will be allowed to present his defenses to the charge against him.
Deportation cases at the BI are heard before its Board of Special Inquiry, whose recommendation is deliberated by the Board of Commissioners in the latter’s weekly meeting.
“We cannot say at this point how long the proceedings will go—it may take two to six months depending on the evidence presented and the cooperation of the parties. Kosin also has the option to admit the charge against him and opt for voluntary deportation in order to expedite the proceedings”, said Tan.
In the event of deportation, Kosin’s name will be included in the BI’s blacklist, barring re-entry into the country.
APOLOGY TO FILIPINOS
Kosin, meantime, has apologized for insulting Filipinos in a letter posted on the ASEAN Community Facebook page.
"At the first sight of my intention to join this page, I came across just to do the debate only. I didn't mean to hurt your heart Filipinos. Surprisingly, mosts [sic] of my debates on the page hurt you because of my imaturity [sic]," he said.
Kosin also said he has many Filipino friends, especially when he was still a student.
He also said that he has acquired some Filipino traits and hobbies like singing in videokes.
"I am not trying to request your sympatize [sic] to me but I am trying all dear Filipinos here to think of me in another way. I am very an approachable guy spending my life as Filipinos do, hanging out with friends at the cheap place, singing videoke [sic] like Filipinos, buying cloths from Changke (sic) (tiangge)," he said.
Kosin said his employers penalized him for his racist remarks and he might be moved to another branch of the company soon.
However, he is still hoping Filipinos will welcome him when he comes back to the country.
"I might move from here to another branch abroad not in The Philippines anymore but I hope that you will welcome me whenever I come back. I wish I could be welcome from you guys Filipinos," he said.