By J. Jala | 11:23 AM January 12, 2021
Bohol 3rd district Representative Alexie Besas-Tutor has filed House Resolution 1466 seeking compassionate treatment of foreign nationals stranded in the Philippines due to pandemic.
“I appeal to the Department of Tourism and Department of Foreign Affairs to intercede with the Department of Justice and Bureau of Immigration on behalf of foreign passport holders with Filipino blood, foreign tourists, foreign investors, and other foreign nationals who have been unable to return to their homelands because of the coronavirus pandemic and community quarantines,” said Tutor who is a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Please do not treat them as overstaying aliens or as criminals just because they could not leave the country.
She said though no fault of their own, these foreign nationals have been stranded in our country and their visas have expired.
“Please do not treat them as overstaying aliens or as criminals just because they could not leave the country. Some have been badly-hit financially because their travel funds were depleted. Some of the foreign nationals had valid alien certificates of registration but which expired because they could not safely venture outdoors, ”
“Stiff penalties can be waived given the valid reasons I have cited. I ask the DOT and DFA to work with the DOJ and BI on just solutions to their predicaments because we are a hospitable people,” she added.