BI to Deport 4 Foreign Nationals who Destroyed Philippine Flag

4 Foreign Nationals are Set to Be Deport After They Destroyed the Philippine Flag

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will deport the four (4) foreign nationals who were arrested after they destroyed the Philippine flag.

The four foreigners seized in Ternate, Cavite, for desecrating the national flag are now in the custody of BI. Sharoon Manzoor, 29, Shahid Manzoor, 45, Pakistani Shamail Jalal, 36, and Loan Oprescu, Romanian national, were identified as residents of Grace Residence in Taguig City.

Foreign Destroyed Flag Deport

According to the report, the foreigners were arrested on June 26 in Ternate, Cavite, by the Philippine National Police Ternate. The four foreigners made news after being apprehended by a Philippine Marine Corps officer while removing the flag, tearing it up, and discarding it on grass.

The investigators revealed the suspects were on their way to Puerto Azul before the incident but allegedly became frustrated after being stuck in traffic for many hours. The suspects got out of their car when they got close to the Marine Base.

According to BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco, they will be deported. Foreigners who ruin icons of our country, according to Tansingco, exhibit the highest disrespect and do not deserve Filipino hospitality.

“Foreign nationals staying here must respect our country and our laws,” according to Tansingco. “Foreigners destroying symbols of our country show utmost disrespect and do not deserve our hospitality,” he said.

A complaint was brought against the foreign nationals for violation of Section 34 (i) Paragraph (a) of RA 8491, also known as An Act Prescribing The Code of the National Flag. Section 34 of Republic Act No. 8491 makes it illegal to mutilate, deface, pollute, tread on, or throw contempt upon any act or omission that casts dishonor or ridicule upon the flag’s surface.

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