Arrested Iranian beauty queen requests asylum in Phl

Maris Federez   •   October 21, 2019   •   2064

Iranian beauty queen Bahareh Zare Bahari

MANILA, Philippines – The Iranian beauty queen who got arrested by the Bureau of Immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last Thursday (Oct. 17) is now seeking asylum in the country.

Bahareh Zare Bahari claims her life will be in danger if she is going to be sent back to Iran for breaking the country’s tradition by joining beauty pageants.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will review Bahari’s request if she is qualified for asylum in the country.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said they will verify the veracity of Bahari’s claim of being a victim of persecution in Iran.

“The main criterion is the existence or non-existence of political persecution in her home country,” said Guevarra.

The department will also put into consideration the reason for her arrest and other related details.

Bahari’s arrest at the NAIA was brought about by an Interpol red notice of an assault case filed against the beauty queen in Iran.

The said assault to a fellow Iranian, however, purportedly took place in the Philippines.

The DOJ will also determine if an Iranian court has jurisdiction over the said case.

“We’ll consider all relevant factors,” Guevarra added.

To date, Bahari is still under the custody of the BI at the NAIA.

Bahari is Iran’s representative to the 2018 Miss Intercontinental Pageant that was held in Manila in January this year. (from the report of Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

PH Immigration deports 10 more illegal aliens

Robie de Guzman   •   June 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday said it has deported 10 more illegal aliens detained at its warden facility in Taguig City.

In a statement, the BI said the 10 foreigners include eight Chinese nationals and two Mongolians.

They departed from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport via separate flights bound for China last June 19, 24 and 25.

“All of them have been placed on the immigration blacklist of undesirable aliens upon orders of our board of commissioners. Thus, they are now banned from re-entering the Philippines,” BI port operations chief Grifton Medina said.

It was learned that five of the Chinese deportees are wanted in their country for economic crimes due to their involvement in illegal online gaming operations and telecom fraud.

The three other Chinese nationals were deported for overstaying and committing fraud and misrepresentation, while the two Mongolians are alleged female sex workers caught in one of the raids of prostitution dens in Metro Manila last year.

According to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, the deportation was carried out as part of the bureau’s efforts to decongest and prevent the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at its detention facility located in Camp Bagong Diwa.

“We will continue to send home these foreign inmates once they have been issued deportation orders and provided they have no pending criminal cases in court,” Morente said.

“We are doing this to safeguard the health not only of the foreign detainees but also that of our personnel assigned to our warden facility,” he added.

The BI earlier reported it had deported seven Chinese nationals who are facing charges for economic crimes and illegal black sand mining.

Lawmakers push to rename NAIA to ‘Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is considered as the country’s main gateway, the center of all international and local flights and the largest airport in the Philippines.

For this reason, several lawmakers want to rename it using the Filipino language that will reflect Filipino patriotism.

Representatives Paolo Duterte, Lord Allan Velasco and Eric Go Yap file on Thursday (June 25) House Bill No. 7031 which seeks to rename NAIA to ‘Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas.’

“We want it to reflect the legacy of the Filipino people, our everyday heroes. The name bears no color, no political agenda. It only signifies our warmth as Filipinos in welcoming our own kababayans and foreign visitors,” said House Deputy Speaker and presidential son Rep. Paolo Duterte.

ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Eric Yap, meanwhile, said changing the name will add a ‘homey’ feel not only for returning Filipinos but also for foreign tourists.

“Gusto natin na paglapag pa lang ng eroplano dito, pangalan na agad ng bansa natin ang bubungad sa ating mga balik-bayan pati sa mga turista mula sa ibang bansa (We want the name of our country to welcome our arriving compatriots and foreign guests),” he said.

“Ating iparamdam sa kanila na sila ay nakauwi na sa kanilang tahanan, (Make them feel that they are finally home),” he added.

Marinduque District Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, for his part, said renaming the airport will further strengthen its identity as the country’s premier gateway to the world.

“Renaming it to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas will not only benefit and bolster our brand as a destination hub, but will also strengthen the country’s identity,” Velasco said.

Prior to its current name, NAIA was formerly known as Manila International Airport (MIA) but was renamed in 1987 under Republic Act 6639. MNP (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

Mga stranded na pasahero sa NAIA, inilipat sa isang temporary shelter sa Pasay – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   June 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Sa isang paaralan sa Pasay City pansamantalang mananatili ang mahigit sa 300 stranded na pasahero habang naghihintay ng masasakyan pauwi sa kani-kanilang probinsya.

Ayon sa Department of Transportation (DOTr), dinala muna sa Villamor Air Base Elementary School ang mga stranded na pasahero matapos ang ilang araw na pananatili sa ilalim ng isnag elevated expressway malapit sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Karamihan umano sa mga ito ay naipit sa Metro Manila matapos abutan ng community quarantine habang nag-aasikaso ng mga papeles para sa aplikasyon sa trabaho sa ibayong dagat.

At dahil naantala na ang pag-proseso ng kanilang mga dokumento, pinapauwi na umano muna sila ng manning agency at tatawagan na lang kapag maayos na ang sitwasyon.

Nang payagan ng pamahalaan ang muling pagbubukas ng domestic flights para sa locally-stranded individuals, nagpuntahan ang mga ito sa NAIA bitbit ang kanilang mga ticket.

Ngunit pagdating sa paliparan, saka lang nila nalaman na kanselado pala o kaya ay nalipat ang schedule ng kanilang biyahe.

Bunsod nito, napilitan ang ilan sa kanila na maghintay na lamang malapit sa NAIA dahil wala naman anilang inilaang accommodation ang kanilang agency habang stranded sila sa Metro Manila.

Hindi rin sila pinapayagang makapasok sa airport terminals kung hindi pa nila schedule na umalis.

“Kami po y’ong nag-apply na mag-abroad tapos hindi po natuloy kaya na-cancel po kaya wala na po kaming matirhan. Exactly po talaga flight namin June 9 tapos nag-extend kasi po eh. Tapos wala na kaming mapuntahan kaya dito na lang po kami pumunta,” ang kwento ni Romarie Viola, isa sa mga locally-stranded individuals.

Bilang tugon sa sitwasyon, nagpadala ng mga tauhan ang Philippine Coast Guard at Pasay City Police noong Huwebes ng gabi para ilipat ang mga stranded nating kababayan sa isang paaralan sa Pasay na magsisilbi nilang temporary shelter.

Dito, makakakain sila at makakapag-pahinga ng maayos habang nakikipag-ugnayan sila sa airline companies at kaukulang local government units para sa kanila pag-uwi.

Samantala, nagbabala naman ang DOTr sa manning agencies na magpapabaya sa kanilang mga aplikante at tauhan.

Ayon kay DOTr Assistant Secretary Eymard Eje, maaaring maharap sa kaso ang manning agencies kapag napatunayang tinatakasan nito ang kanilang obligasyon.

“Nakatanggap kami ng mga report na ito, dinadala dito ng mga manning agency nila para tumakas sa kanilang mga obligasyon. Kaya y’ong mga manning agency, binabantaan namin kayo, itigil ninyo na ‘yan dahil ‘pag nahuli namin kayo, sigurado katakot-takot na kaso aabutin ninyo,” ani Eje.

Una nang ipinag-utos ni Pangulong Duterte sa mga kaukulang ahensya ng pamahalaan na tutukan ang pagbibigay-ayuda at pagpapauwi sa lalawigan ng mga kababayang naipit sa Metro Manila sa gitna ng community quarantine.

Samantala, muli namang nanawagan ang Manila International Airport Authority sa mga pasahero na huwag pupunta sa mga paliparan kung hindi pa kumpirmado ang kanilang flight. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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