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Palace justifies European politiko’s deportation: PH ain’t obliged to let foreigners in

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Malacañang has defended the Bureau of Immigration’s decision to deport a European parliamentarian who criticized the administration’s bloody war on drugs, saying a foreigner’s entry into the country was “always a sovereign decision.”

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said there is no provision in international law requiring any country to admit anyone it does not want to enter.

“So we are not obliged to allow anyone into our territory if we do not want them in our territory. Unfortunately, the socialist leader was one of those that we determine as a person that we don’t want to be in our territory,” he said in a press briefing.

Giacomo Filibeck, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Party of European Socialists who is part of the European Parliament, was deported shortly after his arrival at the Mactan International Airport Sunday (April 15). He was supposed to attend Akbayan party-list’s congress in Cebu.

Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said Filibeck was blacklisted because he violated the conditions of his stay as a tourist when he came to the Philippines last year.

“He was not supposed to do that because being a tourist he does not enjoy the rights and privileges of a Philippine citizen, particularly the exercise of political rights which are exclusively reserved to Filipinos,” Morente said.