BI to monitor foreigners in SONA rallies

Posted at 07/26/14 5:57 PM

PO1 Joselito Sevilla. Photo by Rem Zamora for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA - Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison said they will monitor the participation of foreigners in protests during the President's State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

Mison, in his weekly radio program, said he has signed several mission orders to deploy about 15 to 20 BI intelligence personnel during the SONA activities.

The BI intelligence personnel will be equipped with camcorders to document the participation of any foreigner, and to identify and verify the status of their entry into the Philippines.

Mison said they will see to it that no tourist or foreigner will be allowed to participate in any political rally in the country, following last year's incident wherein a foreigner berated and made a policeman cry.

"Foreigners, especially tourists, are not allowed to participate in any political rally. Any violator will be subjected to thorough investigation and possible deportation and inclusion in the blacklist," he said.

A tourist's freedom is not absolute, he added.

The Immigration intelligence officers are also tasked to coordinate with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement agencies in monitoring participation of foreigners. - By Raoul Esperas