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Alien sex offenders banned in Philippines
Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Siegfred Mison said any alien whose name is found in the registry of sex offenders will be issued an order to leave.
In an operations order to the bureau personnel, Mison stated that foreign nationals who are registered sex offenders clearly pose a threat to public safety.
Just recently, the bureau deported American national Robert Snyder, 67, who was arrested in Dumaguete City last May 17 by a joint team of BI agents and US law enforcers.
Snyder had been a fugitive for 10 years in connection with a sex assault case.
Back in February, five fugitives who were accused of rape and child molestation in their homeland were deported simultaneously by BI after their passports were revoked by authorities.
The BI chief listed the guidelines to ensure speedy proceedings against foreign sex offender.
Within 24 hours from receipt of the letter or records from authorized personnel of a foreign embassy stating that a certain foreign national is a registered sex offender, the office of the commissioner shall endorse the sex offender file to the BI’s legal division.
Within 48 hours from receipt of the sex offender file, the legal division shall draft the order directing the inclusion of the foreign national’s name in the BI blacklist in case the registered sex offender has not arrived in the Philippines.
Mison further added that in case the registered sex offender has already reached the country, the foreign national shall be ordered to leave within 15 days and his name shall be included in the BI blacklist.