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Bawal pakialamero: Foreigners not allowed to meddle in PH political affairs – Pimentel

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Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Tuesday defended the move taken by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Bureau of Immigration (BI) in denying entry and ordered the deportation of Italian activist Giacomo Filibeck.

“There is a law here in the Philippines (and this is also generally the rule in many countries) that foreigners are not allowed to meddle in our internal politics/ political matters,” he said in a text message to reporters.

“If we want Filipinos to follow our laws, then we should show our own people that foreigners are not above our laws!” Pimentel said.

Filibeck, deputy secretary-general of the Party of European Socialists (PES), was supposed to attend the two-day Akbayan Party congress in Cebu last Sunday when he was barred from entering the country and was immediately deported upon his arrival at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

The DOJ said Filibeck has been put on a blacklist for violating the country’s immigration law as he had engaged in the past in a partisan political activity.

Pimentel stressed that he, whenever he would visit other countries, has always been very cautious and would not dare interfere with the domestic political issues.

“(Why?) because I know their law and I am a law abiding citizen. These foreigners who come here should not feel that they are ‘superior’ to us and hence above our laws! ALL SHOULD FOLLOW THE LAW,” Pimentel emphasized.

Filibeck was in the country in October 2017 together with an international human rights fact-finding mission which criticized the killings under the administration’s drug war.