Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Dutch Activist who Berated "Crying Cop" Held at Airport/ Scheduled to be Deported

A foreigner berates PO1 Joselito Sevilla as they face each other. (Photo by Rem Zamora)Thomas Van Beersum, the Dutch activist who was photographed berating a policeman during State of the Nation Address (SONA) protests last July 22, has been held at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Tuesday morning after trying to leave for China.
Beersum was the foreigner photographed berating the so-called "crying cop" PO1 Joselito Sevilla during the Anti-SONA rally last July 22. (click here to view the slideshow of photos taken of Sevilla by ABS-CBN.com's Rem Zamora).

In a report by DZMM’s Edwin Sevidal, Beersum checked-in to board a China Southern flight for Xiamen, China around 6 in the morning for his 8:40 am flight when he was held by the immigration officers of NAIA terminal 1 based on an order of Department of Justice and Immigration Commissioner Siegfried Mison.

Beersum violated the immigration law when he overstayed in the country, Mison told ABS-CBN.

He added that Beersum arrived as a tourist and was not allowed to join any protest action and berate any officer in uniform.

The Dutch national will be charged for violation of the immigration law and might be included in the immigration blacklist.

Beersum, meanwhile, refused to give a comment.Earlier, he released an open letter to Sevilla.

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan or Bayan strongly condemned the detention of Beersum’s detention. In a statement, Bayan also demanded the release of Beersum, his rights respected and that he not be paraded like a criminal. They also asked to be allowed to confer with lawyers.

Bayan also said Beersum was already on his way out of the country when he was held by immigration officials.

Here is footage of Van Beersum at the immigration office:      click the link below

Detained by the Bureau of Immigration at NAIA nanigaw the activists Dutch police in protest at the State of the Nation Address of President Aquino. Blacklisted foreign and scheduled to be deported at any time. Have had a Patrol, Doland Castro. TV Patrol, August 6, 2013, Tuesday