PH bars entry to 5 ‘sex offenders’

September 12, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 195 views

FIVE registered sex offenders (RSO) were barred by Philippine immigration officials from entering the country.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco expressed his concern on the interception of the 5 RSOs in different ports of the Philippines in the span of a week.

Barred last August 30 at the Davao International Airport (DIA) was an American national, 55, who arrived from Singapore on board a Singapore airlines flight.

The following day, officers at the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) denied the entry of a British national, 58. He flew to the country via a n Emirates flight from Dubai.

Last September 1, another American, 57, was also stopped at the MCIA after arriving from Incheon, South Korea on board a Korean Airlines flight.

On September 4, an American flying in from South Korea, was stopped by immigration authorities after his disembarkation from an Asiana Airlines flight.

On September 5, an American national was intercepted after arriving from Taipei on board a China Southern Flight.

All five aliens were found to be registered sex offenders in their respective countries. A registered sex offender is a person who has been convicted of sex crimes, who are required to register following their country or state’s laws.

Tansingco expressed his concern on the possible resurgence of sex tourism after the reopening of the country’s borders.

“With the return of tourism also comes the return of aliens who will try to abuse our hospitality,” said Tansingco. “We warn these predators not to attempt to enter the country, as we have close coordination with different governments, who provide us information about sex offenders that might attempt to enter the Philippines,” he added.

Under the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, those who have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, which includes sex offenders, are ineligible from entering the country.