Following Tony Labrusca’s outburst at the airport over his 30-day work visa earlier this month, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) is pushing for the actor’s deportation. “The [BI] Intelligence Division recommended to the Legal Division the filing of a deportation case against Labrusca, I think for working without a permit,” BI Deputy Commissioner Tobias Javier said, according to Inquirer.net. There is no charge yet.
Born in the US with Filipino parents, Tony has filed a petition for recognition as a Filipino citizen, according to the BI deputy commissioner. “We would process it, may hearing pa ‘yan with our [Board of Special Inquiry], then it would recommend to the Department of Justice for confirmation if they find sufficient basis for the granting of recognition,” he said, according to the Philippine News Agency.
If the petition is granted, the deportation case would be “moot and academic” and the BI may no longer deport him. The deputy commissioner added that even if Tony was found to have worked without a permit, it would only be “an administrative case.”
Tony has since apologized for “taking his frustrations out” on an immigration officer at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport earlier this month. He tweeted, “I was a bit frustrated and I asked why I was only given 30 days to stay in the country this time. I was unaware of the policy that because I was not with my mother, I did not qualify for a balikbayan stamp.”
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