Foreigners who victimize women and children will not be welcome in the Philippines.
That was the stern warning of Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco as more foreigners on the "blacklist" for being sex offenders were barred from entering the country.
One of these foreigners, who arrived on November 13 from the United Arab Emirates, was identified as 57-year-old Maik Bohr.
Bohr was denied entry based on a directive that Tansingco issued last month alerting all BI officers in the ports on the German national’s possible arrival in the country.
“Commissioner Tansingco issued the alert order after the bureau received intelligence information tagging Bohr as being involved in child exploitation and abuse materials,” the BI said.
The foreigner is now being booked on the next available flight to Dubai following his exclusion.
Another foreigner, identified as 67-year-old American national Lewis Steven Sterling, was also intercepted on November 13 after arriving from Taipei.
Public records show that Sterling was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child, in violation of the Texas Penal code in 1998.
Both Bohr and Sterling will be included in the BI’s blacklist, preventing their entry to the country indefinitely.
Tansingco has raised the alarm on the continued attempts by foreign sex offenders to enter the country, most of them American nationals.
The BI chief also stressed that the BI will not lower its guard, saying “we are always on the lookout for these sex offenders so they won’t be able to come here and victimize our women and children.”
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