For­eign­ers warned vs join­ing ral­lies

Tempo - - News - Chavez) (Chito

The As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (ASEAN) Com­mit­tee on Se­cu­rity, Peace and Order, and Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness and Re­sponse (CSPOEPR) yes­ter­day warned for­eign tourists and guests of stern reper­cus­sions if they en­gage in any protest ac­tion dur­ing the 31st As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (ASEAN) Sum­mit.

CSPOEPR Chair­per­son and Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) Of­fi­cerin-Charge (OIC) Catal­ino S. Cuy said that for­eign tourists are not en­ti­tled to all the rights and priv­i­leges granted to Filipino cit­i­zens such as the ex­er­cise of po­lit­i­cal rights which is in­her­ently exclusive to the lo­cals.

“If our for­eign friends are seen dis­rupt­ing the sum­mit or en­gag­ing in any po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, we have no choice but to de­port them,” Cuy said.

As for­eign tourists, Cuy re­minded them to strictly fol­low Philippine laws or run the risk of be­ing de­ported.

Cuy re­it­er­ated that abid­ing the coun­try’s laws is a must as for­eign na­tion­als join­ing protest ac­tions would be dealt ac­cord­ingly es­pe­cially if this would cause dis­rup­tions in the con­duct of the sum­mit.

Ear­lier, the Bureau of Im­mi­gra­tion (BI) is­sued Op­er­a­tion Order No. SBM-2015-025 which stip­u­lates that for­eign tourists are en­joined to ob­serve the lim­i­ta­tion on the ex­er­cise of their po­lit­i­cal rights dur­ing their stay in the Philip­pines.

The same order states that they are pro­hib­ited from en­gag­ing in any po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity as de­fined by the law, such as but not lim­ited to, join­ing, supporting, con­tribut­ing or in­volv­ing them­selves in what­ever man­ner in any rally, as­sem­bly or gath­er­ing, whether for or against the gov­ern­ment.

“You are our guests and we will ac­cord you with our hos­pi­tal­ity and gen­eros­ity. How­ever, you are ex­pected to give us the same re­spect that we give you by fol­low­ing our laws while you are vis­it­ing our coun­try,” Cuy con­cluded.

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