In­sult to in­jury as cops nab pass­port

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

FAM­ILY and friends of Dar­wi­nite Doug Ed­wards are hop­ing for his safe re­turn af­ter a se­ri­ous mo­tor­bike ac­ci­dent in the Philip­pines.

Mr Ed­wards came off his mo­tor­bike this month and was badly hurt, need­ing steel rods in his left leg and hav­ing it pinned in three places.

But com­pound­ing the pain, Mr Ed­wards has faced prob­lems with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties be­cause his visa ran out while he was re­cov­er­ing and fam­ily friends told the Sun­day Ter­ri­to­rian his pass­port was con­fis­cated by po­lice.

‘‘I was in hos­pi­tal un­able to move and my visa to stay in the phills (sic) had run out and the po­lice had taken my pass­port,’’ he wrote on Face­book on De­cem­ber 27.

‘‘I called the Oz em­bassy in Manila, they promptly phoned the po­lice gen­eral in Cebu who in turn phoned head of po­lice in Dalaguete to tell him to re­lease my pass­port.

‘‘ So now af­ter be­ing threat­ened with jail for not hav­ing a visa to be here, al­beit no fault of mine, I now have to meet with the head of po­lice today in Dalaguete to ex­plain my ac­tions . . . watch this space.’’

A spokesper­son for the Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade would not con­firm whether it was as­sist­ing Mr Ed­wards but said it was work­ing to help an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen.

‘‘Con­sular of­fi­cials are pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to an Aust-

They smashed my glasses, they smashed my teeth, they smashed my

bones but they will never smash my spirit

ralian man in the Philip­pines and his fam­ily in Aus­tralia,’’ the spokesper­son said.

Mr Ed­wards has kept loved ones up­dated about his progress through reg­u­lar Face­book sta­tuses.

‘‘An­other day, an­other step for­ward, al­beit on crutches,’’ he wrote in mid-De­cem­ber.

‘‘They smashed my glasses, they smashed my teeth, they smashed my bones, but they will never smash my spirit, thanks ev­ery­body for all your sup­port.’’

Mr Ed­wards has had sup­port from his fi­ancee, Ju­ra­lyn Pe­jedero, who has been by his side the en­tire time, look­ing af­ter him.

‘‘Ju­ra­lyn you are an amaz­ing lady,’’ he wrote on Face­book.

The Sun­day Ter­ri­to­rian at­tempted to speak with Mr Ed­wards for comment but was un­able to con­tact him at the time of pub­li­ca­tion.

Top End trav­eller Doug Ed­wards, who had a se­ri­ous mo­tor­bike ac­ci­dent in The Philip­pines, takes a step to­wards re­cov­ery, al­beit on crutches

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