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Japanese child rape convict deported

First Posted 16:27:00 01/25/2008

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MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration on Friday has deported a Japanese national convicted and jailed for raping an eight-month-old girl in Parañaque City more than six years ago.

Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan said Yukitoshi Matsushita, 71, was deported pursuant to a summary deportation order issued February 21, 2002. He explained the deportation order could not be served at the time because the rape case was being tried.

The Japanese has also been placed on the immigration blacklist and banned from re-entering the Philippines, Libanan added.

"We have decided to immediately deport him because he is an undesirable alien who does not deserve the privilege to remain in the Philippines any longer," Libanan said in a statement.

The Immigration chief said Matsushita was turned over to his agency by the Bureau of Corrections after the Japanese was released recently from the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City after he was granted conditional pardon.

Matsushita was sentenced to 10 to 14 years in prison for raping and sexually abusing the niece of his live-in partner in Sucat, Parañaque on October 1, 2001.

Records show Matshushita had been in jail since February 14, 2002 when he was arrested by immigration intelligence operatives before he could be released from the Parañaque city jail after posting bail.

Immigration bureau spokesperson Floro Balato Jr. said Matsushita was deported "for being an undocumented and overstaying alien, aside from his being an undesirable foreigner."

Balato explained that under the law, convicted foreign criminals who have served their sentences or been pardoned or paroled should be turned over to the Bureau of Immigration to facilitate their deportation.

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