Not a free pass: Foreigners with permanent residency must follow laws - immigration bureau

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Posted at Apr 29 2020 09:15 AM

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A foreigner who allegedly violated measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and cursed at policemen at an exclusive Makati subdivision last weekend might face deportation proceedings, the Bureau of Immigration said Wednesday.

Foreigners like Javier Salvador Parra, Spanish resident of the Dasmarinas Village, are not exempted from lockdown rules and "have to obey our laws," said Immigration Spokesperson Dana Sandoval.

"Ang visa po o any relationship dito sa Pilipinas -- kahit sabihin nating permanent resident po siya -- it's not a free pass for people, foreign nationals to do whatever they want dito sa Pilipinas," she told DZMM.

"Kahit may asawa po siyang Pilipina o siya ay residente dito o kung ano man ang status niya, maaari pa rin po siyang i-subject sa deportation proceedings," she added.

(The visa or any relationship here in the Philippines -- even if let's say he's a permanent resident -- it's not a free pass for people, foreign nationals to do whatever they want here in the Philippines. Even if he has a Filipina wife or he's a resident here, whatever his status is, he may still be subjected to deportation proceedings.)

The immigration bureau "perhaps within the week" will give more details on its investigation against Parra, said Sandoval.

DZMM, April 29, 2020