PH to initiate deportation of Laude's German fiancé
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine authorities are set to initiate deportation proceedings against the German national who climbed over a fence at a military camp and shoved a soldier on duty to get to area where the suspect in the killing of his transgender fiancé was detained.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the Bureau of Immigration (BI), which is under her department, is just awaiting the formal request from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
“I just talked to BI Comm David. Hinihintay ang formal request from the AFP. May nagpasabi na sa kanila for initiation of deportation proceedings. I have to verify that with AFP,” De Lima told reporters on Friday, October 24.
(The immigration bureau is waiting for the formal request from the AFP. They were advised that initiation of deportation proceedings will be requested.)
On Wednesday, German national Marc Sueselbeck and the sister of his late partner, Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude, climbed the perimeter fence of the military headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo. They supposedly wanted to see for themselves that the US Marine suspected of killing Laude, Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, was indeed in the military camp.
The AFP said on Thursday it would raise Sueselbeck's “misbehavior” with the German embassy and the immigration bureau. It cited Philippine law that bars foreigners from unauthorized entry in military bases, and Sueselbeck's “assault” on a military officer who tried to block his path.
De Lima said the BI is “ready to motu propio initiate deportation proceedings since the whole incident was caught on video.” (WATCH: Jennifer Laude's sister, fiance, climb military fence)
The justice secretary said among the grounds that could be cited for Sueselbeck’s deportation are assault, alarm and scandal, or grave coercion since he forced himself into a restricted area.
These offenses are “actionable” and could be grounds for deportation or even charges in court, she said.
“Implicit in the admission of foreigners to our country is that they respect the authorities of our country. Such misbehavior on the part of a foreigner – breaching security of a military camp, misbehaving caught on national TV, pushing a Filipino personnel, disrespecting Philippine authorities – that’s even a criminal offense,” De Lima said in a mix of English and Filipino.
The justice secretary’s announcement came after the chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights, also on Friday, defended Sueselbeck’s action. Chairmperson Etta Rosales said the German national and Laude’s sister did it not to destroy property or steal or terrorize anybody, but to make sure the suspect was indeed in military custody. – Rappler.com