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Dutch activist stopped at Naia to be deported

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Thomas van Beersum, a Dutch national, who was photographed standing up to and yelling at a weeping Filipino riot policeman during an anti-government protest in Manila on July 22, has his finger print taken using a secure electronic enrollment kit (SEEK) at the immigration office of the international airport in Manila on August 6, 2013. A Dutch activist blamed for making a Philippine policeman cry in an incident that drew global attention was detained on August 6, the immigration bureau said. AFP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Dutch activist who joined antigovernment protesters outside Congress during President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address last month was apprehended by immigration agents at the airport yesterday as he was about to board a flight to China.

Immigration OIC Commissioner Siegfred Mison said Thomas van Beersum was stopped pursuant to a summary deportation order issued against him last week.

Beersum, in a blue hoodie, was accosted by immigration policemen and brought to the Bureau of Immigration holding area. He was reportedly with his Filipino fiancée who was allowed to take the flight.

The 20-year-old Dutchman declined to speak to reporters but smiled wearily at photographers and television cameramen. He had a cell phone and was in touch with his host, lawyers and the Dutch Embassy, immigration officials said.

Wilson Soloren, BI intelligence chief at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1, told reporters Beersum had been declared an “undesirable alien” by the BI board of commissioners and his name was placed on the “Alert List Order.”

The BI said Beersum would be rebooked on a flight to the Netherlands probably by noon Wednesday after the necessary clearances were obtained and his mug shot and biometrics were taken.

BI records showed Beersum arrived in Manila on June 13 on a 21-day tourist visa.

The Dutchman, however, said in an earlier TV interview that he arrived on June 5 and his visa was good for 59 days.

Beersum was the foreigner photographed berating Filipino antiriot policeman Joselito Sevilla who was crying while standing his ground in front of charging demonstrators on Commonwealth Avenue. The photo went viral on the Internet.

Beersum denied taunting or insulting Sevilla. He said he was only asking him and the other policemen why they were attacking the demonstrators.

Lawyers Rey Cortez and Jun Oliva of the National Union of Peoples Lawyers said they waited more than five hours to gain access to Beersum, being allowed to see him only at around 3 p.m.

“We were not allowed access to the BI office to personally talk to him even after we invoked his right to counsel. Instead we were told to get a pass,” Cortez said.

Lawyer Edre Olalia, NUPL secretary general, protested the “indefinite detention” of Beersum and said the authorities had no legal basis to stop him from boarding his return flight.

“To hold him any further without a valid hold departure order or valid warrant of arrest is an open violation of international law which we certainly do not want our own fellow countrymen to experience aboard,” he said.

Olalia said Beersum should not be condemned for expressing himself and for his message.

“Though he may seem ‘unpopular’ or ‘disagreeable’ to others who are mostly unwittingly agitated by the jingoist demonization of a young foreigner whose candid views and youthful zeal sincerely questioned government’s claims—even quite emphatically—the singular incident at the Sona rally obscures the real and more fundamental issues. Is he saying something that we should listen and look into?” Olalia said.

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  • gilbongs

    give him the firing squad this foreigners think think that they are of superior race let him taste pinoy wrath and vengeance just like some foreigners here who treat their pinay wives a secnd rate citizens here in our country.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      are you talking about me with a wife who has her own car and drives who now has a dual citizenship and has 5 people working for her. here in her country i resent your racist crap because i have many filipino friends and family but am hated by you. i have many friends who have filipina wives and they are happy so who are ou talking about

      • gilbongs

        here in our place i see lots of foreigners who who don’t respect there filipina wives dont you know that lots of foreigners think that your money is like a banana to the monkeys to hell with you crazy_horse who is more racist we or you. we don’t need your brohahahha let your wife speak so that we know if she is treated good by you .

      • Crazy_horse101010

        okay butt wipe you want to get insulting pigs azz come 500 kilometers south to see my wife and let me talk to your wife if she isnt to scared of you racist. so bite me fanatic and see you in hell gibbon. more racists than we or you who is you. ican understand some of your monkey glbberish i guess that is why you are a gibbon

      • Hunter421

        Filipinos are more abusive to their Filipina partners than foreigners by far!

      • gilbongs

        are you sure? from what country are you mr. hunter? and why are you here?

      • Hunter421

        Is that your business? Are you the sheriff here?

      • morfgmail

        abviously foreign trash

      • Hunter421

        Shows what little you know.

    • Carum Al Dumal

      I agree with gilbongs. My apologies Crazy_horse101010. I don’t think he was talking about you. This thing about generalizations……

      • Crazy_horse101010

        congraduations hope you two have good life together. more racism. i would be impressed except i have friends who lost their savings house cars everyting because they fell in love with a flipina who had a boyfriend and sold everything to give the money to her boy friend. and the foreigner is had because the courts will never support him. this is happening right now to 2 of my friends why do you think a lot of foreigners kill themselves its because they lost their life savings and were left with nothing

      • gilbongs

        is it racism when we give our opinion to this foreigners in the first place why did they do it here you dont respect our sovereignty how about if we do it in your place. its good that you came out in the in the open you are really crazy just like some of your tribe who rate us as 2nd class in our own country.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        no tribes but it is racism when you insult people you dont even know what have i done to you where i have to be insulted and accused of a tribe and what tribe im not indian see there you go judging me and you know what happens if i go out and insult flipinos i would be dead like some foreigners i know. i probably have more respect for your country and the peopke in it than you do i spend around ten thousand pisos a month helping the poor how much do you do pay i ve paid for food doctors clinics put 6 kids through school and hauled sick people to the nearest hospital 40 kilometers away and if you read my comments in these forums i support the flipinos and hate racism because it is stupid i never in my life treated anyone has second class. anyway who is the crazy one

      • Carum Al Dumal

        Crazy_horse101010 – your supercilious attitude is turning me off. Didn’t Beersum insult the Philippines when he berated that civil servant?

      • Crazy_horse101010

        i wouldnt have said a word but you trolls had to attack me. and other foreigners who had nothing to do with this and you turned me off long ago again practice what you preach. whats the mater jealous im not. and i dont support what the dutchman did but to attack everyone over it is plain stupid

      • Carum Al Dumal

        I took back what I wrote. Do you want me to attack you once more? I don’t think so. I offered you an olive branch. You seem to have rejected it. Am I correct?

      • gilbongs

        good for you if you do good deeds to our fellow filipinos. but by the way who told you to do it? your gesture is unwanted go back to your country were there are 13million americans who are poor and no homes not covered with your healthcare.

      • Carum Al Dumal

        You are out of topic Crazy_horse101010. Your friends who lost their savings, house, car, everything to a Filipina wife has nothing to do with this topic. Neither is that racism. Simply bad decisions made by your friends.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        i would say you are out of topic you jumped on me remember. practice what you preach. dont like i write dont read it am i holding a gun to you head

      • morfgmail

        tell your friends to smarten up

    • Hunter421

      Maybe Filipinos violating laws overseas should get the firing squad? What proof do you have that he thinks he is a superior race?

      • gilbongs

        and why did he join that rally go to your country and rally there alone and you can join him, if he is a tourist then act as tourist not an undesirable alien. its in there blood westerners superior race

      • Hunter421

        Well, Filipinos do hold foreigners to a much higher standard than their own. Why is that?

      • morfgmail

        you must not know a lot of smart filipinos, Hunter421.

        No matter what country you are from there will be some that are proud of who they are and where they’re from and some that sadly aren’t and don’t know better. Maybe you hang around filipinos who put you to a higher standard because you can’t hold your own among the smarter ones of our race. It’s just a matter of where you’re comfortable

      • Hunter421

        For someone who feel they’re intelligent, you sure do make a lot of assumptions. I’ve never seen anyone write an entire paragraph of assumptions.

      • morfgmail

        sure! if they violated laws overseas

  • petervandever

    So much for “free speech.”

    • Carum Al Dumal

      Isa pang Dutch tong si petervandever. Sigue nga. Mag-freedom of speech nga kayo sa Tsina! Hoy! Hindi ito The Netherlands!

      • petervandever

        and english is?

      • Carum Al Dumal

        Walang ka-malay malay kung ano ang sinabi ko. Wawang bata tong si petervandever. Uwi ka na sa Netherlands. Duon ka magkalat nang lagim!

      • petervandever

        I guess you are some poor kid from the village and can’t write English, our national language. Sad. :(

      • Carum Al Dumal

        Petervandever – such a pathetic attempt to bait me. But that proves my point. You are not one of us and yet you have the audacity to interfere in affairs you have NO business in. So are you one of those pathetic Dutch expats living in the Philippines? Or are you an off-country foreign national trying to interfere with Philippine affairs using this forum. If the second – shame on you. You do not even have the balls to be in the Philippines. Or are you enjoying your stay at Calbayog?

      • petervandever

        First of all, I am a citizen of the Philippines. Secondly, I am not dutch. I am a dual citizen of the United States of America and the Republic of the Philippines.

        Nationalism is a very, very dangerous thing.

      • Carum Al Dumal

        Be careful where you tread. If you have no love for the country, why did you even ask to be Naturalized? Is it because it is cheaper for you to be in Calbayog than whatever ghetto you came out of in the US of A? You are a Pinoy who cannot speak Pilipino or even Waray? Kawawang bata ka talaga – Pedro…

      • petervandever

        What is up with the Calbayog? I dont live in Samar but have visited there. Really cool place.

      • Carum Al Dumal

        Yes! Really cool place – I am sure.

      • morfgmail

        worse, you’re a filipino who can’t speak tagalog. Do you consider yourself educated? And you laugh at filipino’s who can’t speak english? What’s so funny?

      • morfgmail

        you’re no smarter. you can’t speak tagalog!

    • Nathan

      Disrupting traffic and overstaying your visa are considered “free speech”?

      • petervandever

        They dont deport for overstaying visa. They just charge them P1000 a month for overstaying.

      • morfgmail

        What right has a foreigner to protest?

        He was “asking” (shouting from the looks of his photo) why they were being prevented from entering Batasan? Would any protester, foreign even, be allowed inside the the US Congress while Obama was delivering his SONA?

        How st**** can you be? Typical white trash —

  • Carum Al Dumal

    Aba – Walang imik si Eden Sinclair. Siguro busy pang nag-goo-google translate Bwa hah hah… Ikaw petervandever – sigue nga! I-translate mo nga ito!

  • Roy Rosales

    answer to eden sinclair.I think what your handlers need is a crash program on basic english and articulations.furthermore your bosses needs masteral and doctoral studies on international geopolitics to be competent on its ramifications and parameters.As for you,since you have no freedom,just sit tight and wait for orders.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      i agree with you he was a austrialian leftist. a socialist lover

    • morfgmail

      basic english is not a must in any country, unless it’s your first official language. Maybe you can try to learn how to speak basic tagalog when you want to speak to filipinos.

      people who didn’t finish school here can speak SOME english, if you’re more educated, a little bit of conversational tagalog shouldn’t be so hard

      • Roy Rosales

        reply,
        as i reiterated in my earlier comment,tell your handler and boss to have a further study preferably a masteral,or doctoral degree on english language and international geopolitics in a refutable university like the UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES so that your primitive english and myopic thinking can be corrected!As for you, as i said before,since you are just a robot and has no freedom which is a greek word in your communist china,just keep your mouth shut and just wait for instruction from your handlers

  • Joe_in_Bikol

    It is interesting that the BI was able to stop him, yet unable to stop so many others that are on the watch list. Guess he didn’t know the rules. :-)

    • petervandever

      He didnt have the money for the bribe haha

      • Carum Al Dumal

        So you are saying that all Filipinos are corrupt – right? I guess the BI would be very interested to know your opinion of Philippine Civil Servants. By the way, how are Palawan and Calbayog?

      • Hunter421

        Yes, very corrupt!

      • morfgmail

        smartass!

  • EdnaSaintVincent

    this white abomination from the Nederlands is a perfect example of the Cave Dwellers in their country during the time we were already designing the rice terraces up north of country… this is so pathetic considering your Task Masters are all a bunch of agents who are now discovered to be truly Enemies of the People.

    • Hunter421

      Yes and look at the Philippines compared to the Netherlands today…

      • morfgmail

        Hunter421, you seem to spend a lot of time here, think you know so much about us FIlipinos… and your so mad, you may leave :)

  • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

    Ipadeport na yang hinayupax na yan. Doon na lang sya sa netherlands mag rally kasama ang NDF. Pakialamero!

  • Carum Al Dumal

    Kanoy, Eden Sinclair, just a simple question. What kind of weed are you guys smoking? Too much Dutch-influenced na ba talaga kayo?



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