DEPORTATION proceedings will be initiated against an overstaying Pakistani national suspected of being a bomb maker recently arrested by the police in Palawan for alleged possession of guns and explosives.
This was announced by the Bureau of Immigration (BI), adding that its legal division had been directed to file charges of immigration law violation against Haroon Bashir, 29, who was arrested last August 6, 2020 at his residence along Atis road, Dacillo Compound, Bgy. San Jose, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
A check made on the Pakistani’s travel records show that he arrived in the Philippines on April 28, 2013 and had never left the country since.
He added that aside from overstaying here for more than seven years, Bashir also failed to present his passport or any travel document, thus he is also an undocumented alien.”
Reports also said the regional office of the Philippine National Police in MIMAROPA Region is still investigating his possible involvement with local terrorist groups.
The arresting operatives, who were armed with a search warrant, reported that they found inside Bashir’s house a caliber .45 pistol and two improvised explosive devices (IED) which were immediately detonated after the raid.
The BI said that even if it orders Bashir’s summary deportation, he will not be deported yet as he is facing criminal charges for possession of deadly weapons which could land him in jail if he is convicted by the court.
He will undergo deportation proceedings for overstaying and being an undocumented alien. After he has served his sentence, he can then be deported. He will then be blacklisted and banned from reentering the country.