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    BI to pursue deportation case against Tony Labrusca

    MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) Intelligence Division is seeking for the deportation of actor Tony Labrusca.
    BI to pursue deportation case against Tony Labrusca

    The BI issued a statement that are pursuing the deportation case against the Fil-Am actor. BI Deputy Commissioner Tobias Javier said, “The [BI] Intelligence Division recommended to the Legal Division the filing of a deportation case against Labrusca, I think for working without a permit.”

    BI to pursue deportation case against Tony Labrusca
    Tony Labrusca may soon face deportation case against him | Photo Courtesy: Instagram/Tony Labrusca

    Early this year, Labrusca was embroiled in a fiasco at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Several Immigration staff slammed the actor for allegedly cursing and shouting at their supervisor. The Philippine Immigration's decision to only grant him 30 days in the country didn't sit too well with Labrusca. He later on apologized for his actions.

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    After the incident, Labrusca has been working on his petition to be recognized as a Filipino citizen. Javier said, “I was informed that Tony Labrusca also filed a petition for recognition as a Filipino citizen, considering that both his parents are Filipinos.”

    While Labrusca's parents are both Filipino, he was born and raised in the US and is holding an American passport.

    The actor's petition will be heard by the BI's Board of Special Inquiry (BSI). If Labrusca's petition will be granted, the deportation case against him will be considered “moot and academic.”

    “We would process it, may hearing pa ‘yan (there will be a hearing) with our BSI, then it (BSI) would recommend to the Department of Justice for confirmation if they find sufficient basis for the granting of recognition,” Javier explained.

    To be recognized as a Filipino citizen, at least one of the parents of the petitioner should be Filipino. Javier said that while he is sure Labrusca's father is still a Filipino citizen, his mother, who had been living in the US for sometime, might be an American citizen already.

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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