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Foreigner who died in Taguig jail not a New Zealander, says immigration exec


MANILA, Philippines—Lionel Albert Stride, the inmate who reportedly died of cardiac arrest Sunday in a detention facility in Bicutan, Taguig City was a British citizen, not a New Zealander, an official of the Bureau of Immigration said on Wednesday.

“The New Zealand embassy has already denied that he is [a citizen of New Zealand]. He is British and the British Embassy is searching for the next of kin,” lawyer Ma. Antonette Mangrobang, BI spokesman, said in a text.

The BI was still awaiting the autopsy report of the Southern Police District on the death of the 61-year-old Stride. A report on the circumstances behind his arrest has yet to be released by the bureau.

According to jail staff interviewed by the Inquirer, Stride, a tourist, has been at the immigration jail for some months after his arrest for being a public charge, or someone who cannot support himself, and for overstaying.

In an earlier report, Taguig police identified Stride as a New Zealander. They said the foreigner was found scavenging through trash in Makati City months ago before being brought to the BI’s detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa.

Police reports revealed Stride was found dead at about 1 p.m. Sunday at the ground floor of Building 1 inside the jail.

His remains lie at Our Lady of Loreto Funeral Homes in Taguig.

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Tags: Foreign affairs , Immigration , jail , Prison , public charge , tourist

  • sh1seadad

    Its more fun in the Philippines,but be careful and do not stay to long are you will wind up robbed jailed and dead.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nicosan.fopalan Nicosan Sanchez Fopalan

      stupid comment… also, you meant “too” not “to” ? 

    • kerks

      It will be more fun in the Philippines if people like you would be more positive in their thoughts and not think otherwise such as ” be careful and do not stay TOO long OR you will END up robbed, jailed and dead”. 

  • http://twitter.com/chly2rees Chly Torres

    can you imagine if this happens to a filipino abroad who happens to be your father?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQSLMCXZRAWXX5LS4ZZDM5OEXM Vad Vadly

    Agree. Don’t stay long as your money will evaporate and you will end up in misery..

  • 711sense

    If Stride is a British citizen and he has been in jail for months, the british embassy didnt send an emissary to try to get him out? or was it because the immigration did not contact anyone from the embassy about his status? If this happens toone of our citizen in another country, won’t we demand why our consulate or embassy not contacted right away?

    • Guest

      Right. The Phils govt is responsible for the death of this person. Who knows if this Britt is mentally incapacitated or not? First time I hear a Brittish coming in as tourist and scavenging in PI. 

      Was he representing himself as New Zealander?

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