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Jan 07 19, 9:22 am

DFA secretary wants Tony Labrusca deported after NAIA incident

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Jan. 07, 19 | 9:22 am

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. wants Filipino-American actor Tony Labrusca out of the country after he allegedly made a scene at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

It can be recalled that Labrusca found himself in hot water after several netizens claimed on January 3 that he was spotted cursing and shouting at a superior immigration officer when he came back to the Philippines from Canada.

Netizens said that Labrusca allegedly got angry after he was given a 30-day visa, instead of a a one-year visa.

The issue have reached Sec. Locsin who took to Twitter to say that it is better to simply have Labrusca deported.

Sec. Locsin also took a slight jab at Labrusca by tweeting a photo of him with the caption: “His clothes are too big for him.”

According to the Philippine law, the Bureau of Immigration, a government agency under the Department of Justice, has the power to deport foreign nationals in the Philippines.

As of press time, there are still no reports if Labrusca will face legal charges or any penalty for his actions. However, the actor has already addressed the issue and posted a public apology a day after the netizens’ claims went viral on social media.

“I admit I was a bit frustrated and that I asked why I was only given 30 days to stay in the country this time. I was unaware of the policy that because I was not with my mother, I did not qualify for a Balikbayan stamp.

“It was very upsetting for me. And I’m sorry that I somehow took my frustrations out on the Officer.

“But never did I ever call anyone stupid, nor an idiot much less brag about being a celebrity.

“I know for a fact that the officer is merely doing her job. My biggest mistake perhaps was letting my emotions get the better of me and again I’m sorry,” Labrusca said.

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