Philippine authorities to export Thai over Facebook insults

Published:  7 May at 9 AM
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Tagged: Visas, Immigration
Officials in the Philippines could export an expatriate Thai worker after he posted comments about locals on his Facebook page.

The Bureau of Immigration ordered that Prasertsri Kosin, or Koko Narak on Facebook, was to be deported after locals complained he had been insulting the people of host country.

Reports did not say in what way Prasertsri, who worked for Cognizant Philippines in Taguig City, criticised Filipinos, but officials described his behaviour on Facebook as “controversial” and said he had been “racially-offensive”. Among the comments he made about Filipinos on Facebook were “low-class slum slaves”, “stupid creatures” and “useless race in this world”, according to the immigration officials.

Immigration spokeswoman Elaine Tan revealed that Prasertsri was working for the US-based firm on a special non-immigrant visa, which she said would be cancelled if he was adjudged to be “undesirable”.

Tan said that the Thai national will be offered the chance to present his defence before the ruling is made, adding that it would be heard by the Board of Special Inquiry, who will then give their recommendations to the Board of Commissioners.

If deported, Prasertsri, who has since been sacked by his company, will be put on the immigration blacklist which will prevent him from returning to the country.
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