BI to deport ‘undesirable’ Dutchman

MANILA A 61-year-old Dutch national, who was declared persona non grata by a town council in Cebu, is set to be deported for being an undesirable alien, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Monday.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the foreigner as Vondeling Niklaas, an overstaying alien, who was arrested on April 4 at his home in Barangay (village) Eastern Poblacion, Poro, Cebu by operatives from the Bureau's fugitive search unit (FSU).

He was apprehended on the strength of a warrant of deportation issued by the BI chief issued pursuant to a deportation order that the BI board of commissioners issued against him in September 2015.

Morente noted that the expulsion on Dutchman was ordered after the San Francisco, Cebu municipal council and Barangay Poblacion council in the town both passed a resolution in July 2014 declaring him persona non grata and recommending his deportation.

The resolutions, which declared the Dutchman inimical to public order, safety and morals, stemmed from his alleged construction of two resorts in the town without the proper local government building permits.

Foreigners like him (Niklaas) who refused to comply with our laws and who openly manifest disrespect to persons of authority do not deserve the privilege to stay in our country, he said in a statement.

Likewise, the foreign national was charged with grave oral defamation for having a heated altercation with local officials over the said building permits issue.

On the other hand, FSU chief Bobby Raquepo explained that it took them some time to effect the Dutchman's arrest because he sought reconsideration of the deportation order that was issued against him.

He added that it was on Nov. 17, 2016 that the BI board passed a resolution denying his motion for reconsideration and affirming the finality of the order for his deportation.

He had been overstaying here for a long time already as there was no way he could apply for an extension of his stay due to his inclusion in the Immigration blacklist, the BI intelligence officer added. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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