PH immigration bureau bans foreigner in viral Dasma quarantine scuffle


Posted at Jun 16 2020 01:26 PM

MANILA — The Philippines' immigration bureau said Tuesday it had permanently banned from entering the country a Spanish national who allegedly violated quarantine measures and later scuffled with police at an exclusive Makati subdivision.

Javier Salvador Parra, 49, a resident of Dasmariñas Village, left for Madrid 3 days after the April 26 altercation that went viral on social media, and ignored an order to submit his counter-affidavit, said Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente.

"Now that he has been placed in our Immigration blacklist, he is now perpetually banned from reentering the Philippines for being an undesirable alien," Morente said in a statement.

"Foreigners who disrespect our laws and persons of authority do not deserve the privilege to stay in our country."

Police accosted Parra's househelp for not wearing face mask while watering plants outside the house. A city ordinance requires everyone to wear a face mask while outdoors to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus causing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

He later went out of his residence and confronted authorities.

One video of the incident showed police calmly talking to him. The foreigner later on cursed at officers while another video showed a policeman tackling him on the ground.

Immigration intelligence chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. said Parra may still answer the allegations against him "by engaging the services of a lawyer."