MANILA - Deportation charges have been filed against a Spanish national who allegedly violated coronavirus disease (COVID-19) measures and shouted at policemen at an exclusive Makati subdivision in late April, the Bureau of Immigration said.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the bureau charged Javier Salvador Parra for undesirability and overstaying.
"Foreign nationals who are here in the country are expected to follow Philippine laws, especially in these special times wherein public health and safety is at risk. There is no exemption, whether you are living in a posh village, or in a slum area, you must obey the law,” Morente said in a statement Friday.
Police accosted Parra's househelp for not wearing a facemask while watering plants outside the house. A city ordinance requires everyone to wear facemask while outdoors to prevent the spread of the virus.
Parra later went out of his residence and confronted authorities.
One video of the incident showed police calmly talking to Parra. The foreigner later on lost his cool and cursed at cops while another video showed policeman tackling Parra on the ground.
“Aliens who disrespect symbols of our country and persons of authority are not welcome in the Philippines. Their sojourn here is a privilege, not a right. It is in the same manner that our kababayan who are living and working abroad respect the laws of their host country,” Morente stated.
Morente added that the BI's intelligence division also found out that Parra has failed to extend and has already overstayed his visa.
Parra was ordered to submit a counter affidavit to answer the allegations against him but he reportedly refused to receive the notice and disregarded the requirement which was due on Thursday, May 21.
“Our offices remained open to receive his response, but he failed to submit any,” said Morente.
Morente explained that the deportation case is a separate action from criminal cases that have been filed against the foreigner.