BI lets go of Canadian coed in Sona protest


MANILA, Philippines—The Canadian student who was detained Friday, almost eight weeks after she joined a protest rally during President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address on July 22, was allowed by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to leave the country on Sunday.

Kim Chatillon-Meunier, 24, stepped out of the BI’s detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, around 3 p.m., according to Edre Olalia of the National Union of People’s Lawyers.

Olalia said Meunier, an intern from the University of Montreal, boarded a BI service car going to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) for a Cebu Pacific flight to Hong Kong at 7 p.m.

From Hong Kong, she would be booking a flight to Canada, Olalia said.

He said the BI held a special session Sunday morning and later issued a “voluntary deportation and release order” for the Canadian.

Immigration officials earlier placed Meunier on the BI watch list and arrested her at Naia Terminal 3 on Friday night as she waited for her flight to Hong Kong.—Niña P. Calleja

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  • Batman

    When you allow foreigners to the Philippines to protest against the government, you are opening a can of worms and pandora’s box that will HURT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY.

    Filipino citizens are only the one with due cause under the law, and PROVIDED THEY ARE PEACEFUL.



    • tadasolo

      some of us are being melodramatic especially the BI and your insecurities are getting the better part of you. When did being vocal and demonstrations from a foreigners since our founding resulted in the removal of our duly constituted government?? Most of the destruction of our way of life are self inflicted by Filipinos meant to destroy our democracy. As a matter of fact this is counter productive to our desire to open our country for tourist showing them we are mature enough to tolerate whatever they do as long as they follow the traffic rules and spend their money and pay their dues.

      • ManilaMan

        If a foreigner has the mountains of Quezon province in his itinerary of places to visit followed by a march towards the capital with banners and slogans, that right there is a red flag and our officials are just right in questioning him/her. I don’t think our tourism department (DOT) specifically promotes this kind of tourism, i mean we have cultural, island hopping and eco-tourism type of activities being promoted for tourists, but this one just doesn’t sound like your typical touristic agenda. ;)

    • Diepor

      What is the problem about chinese protesting?

      Think please.

      • Pio Pusli

        think? with 1.3B population, 500K will come to manila and protest, can you imagine how our hotel will accomodate them, do we have enough noodles to feed them all?. how about if they all spit in the road, that will cause flooding, embarrassing right?

      • Diepor

        LOL, it will be good buisness. Protest charter trips.

  • kevinmcn

    For 8 weeks she was roaming around the country & then when she is voluntarily leaving the country she is detained. Would have been much better to just blacklist her from coming back then to make her a martyr for the international community.

  • Diepor

    More supression in the Philippines.

  • ManilaMan

    The rebels are all out in force to bring down this government and the economy that posted the highest GDP growth rate in Asia beating China’s.

    Make no mistake. Communist and muslim rebels, you will never succeed!
    From Zamboanga and Mindanao to the boondocks and rural villages, you will never succeed!

    The people of the Philippines will rebuild this nation without your help and malicious inputs and agenda! We’ll win the war on corruption just as we’ll triumph over your rebellious ideologies! Commies and muslim terrorists–Leave it to the people to effect change in their own government! There is no Communist or Islamic Philippines, but a Republic of free citizens of the Philippines!

    • Batman

      Thank you as there are now more sensible people who are willing to put forth this issue.

      The Internet is truly a tool of freedom.

  • Roland_F

    I found the earlier article here at Inquirer with the following information :

    >>”” the student did not even join the anti-Sona march “”<>”” The program is sponsored and financed by the Canadian International
    Development Agency (CIDA), one of the biggest social program sponsors in the
    Philippines. “”<>”” While in the Philippines, she attended the International Conference on
    Human Rights in the Philippines “”<>”” She also joined the International Solidarity and Humanitarian Mission in
    Quezon province “”<>”” She was also involved in the research and documentation of the
    reproductive health conditions of women in Tondo, Manila. “”<< blasphemy against the holy CPCP anti RH-doctrine – burn the witch at the stake !

    The last "million people anti pork picnic" was joined beside the CBCP also from various "communist" groups – it was against a fundamental/ingrained/mandatory political instrument "PORK" of government — so why was not Rizal park cordoned off, and all participants arrested (hey also there some commies participated !!)

    • pfckulapu_parin

      Mga walang hiya, walang gusto yung mga tao sa inyong idolohiyang komunista…
      Sagot ka kong may bayag ka…

    • pfckulapu_parin

      Walang Hiya, What if our government was run by Demonyong JOMA. And then may foreigner nag join sa Anti government rally. Mabubuhay kaya siya….

    • kevinmcn

      I agree with you Roland, was the event or protest illegal? Were any laws broken? Had she been attending a rally in support of the President would she also have been arrested?
      I am all for the Philippines fixing their own problems & safeguarding their own security.
      If the Gov’t. can’t handle a little criticism what else are they hiding, this treatment of foreigners seems like something I might expect to see in Syria or Rhodesia, I was shocked to see something like that from the Philippines I always thought the Philippines was better then that.

      • go88

        Rhodesia :)? It’s a long time I haven’t heard that name.

      • ManilaMan

        Had she been attending an anti-government rally in the company of lawful citizens, this wouldn’t have happened. Mais l’etudiante canadienne a proteste avec des groupes qui ont liens aux organisations terroristes comme le CPP-NPA.

  • MGU

    Should have arrested Manny Pacquiao for campaigning for Senator Harry Reid while in the US.

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