MANILA Immigration authorities arrested a 59-year-old overstaying Kuwaiti national, who is the subject of complaints from residents for alleged arrogance and intimidation.
In a statement Tuesday, Bureau of Immigration (BI) chief intelligence officer Fortunato Manahan identified the Kuwait national as Ahmad Issac Alameri, who was apprehended on Guimaras Island last June 6 by members of the bureau's Regional Intelligence Operations Unit (RIOU) 6.
During an interview with BI officers, Alameri admitted that he could not return to his country because he is wanted by the royal family and Kuwait's intelligence agencies.
He claimed that he has no means to renew his passport and extend his stay," Manahan said.
BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval, however, expressed doubt over the foreigner's remarks.
Statement niya lang yon (That is only his statement. But we did not receive formal information from the foreign (Kuwaiti) government, she said in a text message.
With this, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente has ordered the conduct of deportation proceedings against the foreigner.
He (Alameri) is a public charge and an undesirable alien who does not deserve the privilege to stay in our country. He should be expelled and returned to where he came from, he said in a statement.
Morente also encouraged the public not to hesitate in reporting to them the presence of suspected illegal aliens in their locality.
He noted that the information about Alameri's whereabouts was sent to his office through the BI's social media page. A formal complaint against Alameri has likewise been lodged with his office.
"We really act on all information we receive. Even through Facebook, as long as the information is complete and verifiable," the BI chief added.
He also promised to "swiftly act on reports about illegal aliens.
Likewise, Morente urged the public to file complaints against foreigners who engage in unlawful acts. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency