May 22, 2020 @ 17:08
BI eyes deportation of Spanish homeowner in viral brawl with cop
The Bureau of Immigration on Friday filed a deportation case against a foreigner who figured in a scuffle with a policeman inside the posh Dasmariñas Village in Makati over alleged quarantine protocol violation.
This was after Spanish Javier Salvador Parra, according to BI, has failed to file his counter-affidavit within the prescribed period of time. Immigration probers claimed the deadline to answer the charges expired yesterday, Thursday.
The BI said Parra was an “undesirable alien who overstayed in the Philippines.”
“Foreign nationals who are here in the country are expected to follow Philippine laws, especially in these special times wherein public health and safety is at risk,” BI said in a statement.
“There is no exemption, whether you are living in a posh village, or in a slum area, you must obey the law,” it continued.
The case stemmed after Senior M/Sgt. Roland Von Madrona and Parra have figured in a heated altercation that was caught on video, which went viral on social media.
The video showed Madrona tackling Parra at his private property.
According to PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, members of the Makati police and barangay peacekeeping officers were patrolling the village when they spotted Parra’s housemaid, Cherelyn Escalate, watering plants outside the house with no face mask – a violation of the enhanced community quarantine rules.
Madrona, together with barangay watchman Esteban Gaan, approached Escalate and advised her to wear a face mask for her safety.
Escalate went inside the house to get a face mask. After a few minutes, Parra, who was allegedly drunk, and his wife rushed outside and confronted the law enforcers.
Parra was overheard in the video cursing the policemen.
Under the city’s ordinance, residents not wearing face masks will be fined up to P5,000 and penalized with up to six months in prison.