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Married Japanese deported for saying he’s still single

First Posted 15:38:00 02/17/2010

MANILA, Philippines??Don?t lie about your civil status,? the Bureau of Immigration (BI) warned after it deported a Japanese national whose permanent visa was canceled for lying about his civil status.

?This should serve as a warning to other visa applicants. They should always be truthful in their visa applications or face arrest and deportation,? Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan said.

Toshiki Sato, 59, was deported after his estranged wife Tomiko Oki filed a complaint with the Immigration Department.

The complainant accused her husband of willfully falsifying and misrepresenting his civil status when he filed his application for a quota immigrant visa with the BI.

Allegedly, Sato declared that he was single in his visa application when, in fact, he had been legally married to the complainant.

Oki also described Sato as an undesirable alien whom she accused of committing infidelity for openly cohabiting with a Filipina mistress in Bohol. She added that her husband also committed bigamy for marrying his mistress in a civil wedding even if their marriage is not annulled.

Oki also alleged that Sato had depended on her for financial support since he arrived in the country and that she also shouldered the expenses for the processing of his permanent visa.

He was arrested last year in Tagbilaran, Bohol on the strength of a deportation warrant issued by Libanan.

Sato has been placed on the immigration?s blacklist.

Libanan said that a foreigners? stay in the country ?is a matter of privilege, that their presence here should not be detrimental to public welfare and that they should have the capacity to support their stay in the country.?

?Respondent Sato did not live up to this standard and it is but proper that his quota immigrant visa be cancelled and he be ordered to leave the country,? he said.

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