Bureau of Immigration files deportation charges vs. Spanish national who violated quarantine measures

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 22)-- The Bureau of Immigration has charged deportation case to a Spanish national accused of violating quarantine measures in Makati City, it said on Friday.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said in a statement that the bureau came out with such conclusion after an investigation which showed that Spanish national Javier Parra Salvador has been overstaying in the country after failing to extend his visa. Moreover, he is also considered an undesirable alien since he “blatantly disregarded laws and disrespected persons of authority.”

“Upon investigation by our intelligence division, it was confirmed that he has failed to extend and has already overstayed his visa,” Morente said.

“Foreign nationals who are here in the country are expected to follow Philippine laws, especially in these special times wherein public health and safety is at risk,” he added.

Salvador went viral late April after almost being arrested by Police Senior Master Sergeant Poland Von Madrona on an alleged violation of the city’s quarantine rules. The confrontation sparked after Salvador’s househelp was caught by the officer not wearing facemask while watering plants outside his house during his patrol in Dasmarinas Village.

A video showed how a confrontation went between Salvador and the officer, with the former ordering him to leave his home, while his wife tries to pacify him. The same video also showed Madrona telling Salvador that he was just implementing protocols.

Morente said that the deportation case is separate from criminal charges filed by the police against Salvador.

Madrona filed direct assault, resistance and disobedience to a person of authority, and unjust vexation against the Spanish national. He is also facing violation of the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act for failure to wear face mask in public.

The BI said Salvador also refused to submit a counter-affidavit to answer the reports against him, which was due last May 21.

“Our offices remained open to receive his response, but he failed to submit any,” Morente said, adding that they will pursue the case to serve as warning for foreigners disregarding the country’s laws.