THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has deported an alleged member of the international terrorist group al-Qaeda along with 43 other undesirable aliens during the first two months of the year.
Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison identified the alleged al-Qaeda member as Agus Dwikarna, an Indonesian.
Dwikarna was deported early last month after serving a 10-year sentence for violation of illegal possession of improvised explosives, grenades and firearms. He was arrested upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) in March 2002.
He was sentenced to a prison term of 10 to 17 years in July 2002 by the Regional Trial Court inPasay City. He was also ordered to pay a fine of P50,000.
Dwikarna was reportedly a member of the Islamic extremist movement in Indonesia that participates in organized riots, teaches assault of public officials and manages groups to overthrow the government.
In view of the heightened security concerns and risks, the Indonesian Embassy issued a passport for Dwikarna. He was fetched by a charter plane with private security escorts from Indonesia when he was deported at the Naia.
Meanwhile, the other deportees were arrested last year by BI operatives for violation of several immigration laws that include overstaying, undocumented, conviction of crimes, and working without visas and permits.
“The successful deportation of these illegal aliens was the result of the marat hearings being conducted by the bureau’s legal division particularly the prosecution and legal assistance unit,” Mison said.
With the BI’s relentless campaign against undesirable aliens, Mison warned foreigners with criminal records that the Philippines is not a “sanctuary” for foreign offenders because all undesirable aliens are being monitored.