After making a scene at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr. wanted Filipino-American actor Tony Labrusca deported.
“Just deport him,” Locsin posted on Twitter in reaction to the incident that happened on Thursday.
He was furious at immigration for “giving him a hard time, despite him being a celebrity, with people wanting to take pictures with him,” the immigration said.
Labrusca took to twitter to air his side of the story Friday night and to apologize to the officer that he had fought with.
“I want to extend my sincerest apology to the superior Immigration Officer (IO) who was on duty and I had talk with yesterday morning, 03 Jan 2019,” Labrusca said.
“It was very upsetting for me. And I’m sorry that I somehow took my frustrations out on the officer. But never did I call anyone stupid, nor an idiot, much less brag about being a celebrity,” Labrusca said.
“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,” he added.
Deportation proceedings are handled by the Bureau of Immigration (BI), which is an attached agency of the Department of Justice.
The BI on Friday warned the actor of the limits of privileges accorded to returning Filipinos.
In a statement, the immigration said the one-year Balikbayan visa privilege is “exclusively given to former Filipinos naturalized abroad, and their spouse and children who are travelling with them.”
“While our immigration officers have been instructed to observe maximum tolerance, it is against the law to disrespect immigration authorities, and violating aliens may be excluded and blacklisted from the Philippines,” Immigration spokesperson Dana Krizia Sandoval warned.
“Showing disrespect to symbols of authority is essentially showing disrespect to the country,” she added.