EU seeks clarification from PH gov’t over Socialist Party official deportation

Published April 19, 2018, 6:15 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Roy Mabasa

European Union (EU) Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen on Thursday said they are seeking clarification from the Philippine government regarding the recent deportation of a Socialist Party official.

EU Ambassador to the Philippines Dr. Franz Jessen (NAMRIA / MANILA BULLETIN)
EU Ambassador to the Philippines Dr. Franz Jessen

Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of the launching of Viva Europa ciltural event in Makati City, Jessen said he met with officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs concerning the case of Giacomo Filibeck, deputy secretary general of the Party of European Socialists, who was barred from entering the country last Sunday.

“Of course we are aware of the case and we have been asking for clarification on that and we are in the process of getting that clarification and we will see how we will take that forward,” Jessen said.

Filibeck was supposed to attend an event organized by Akbayan but was denied entry upon arrival at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

It was learned that Filibeck was in the country in October 2017 as part of an international human rights fact-finding delegation, which denounced the killings allegedly made under President Duterte’s war on drugs.

Jessen pointed out that it is not an issue for him if a country accept or refuse entry to an individual, “that of course is sovereignty rights.”

“The issue is more of we are friends. We do have a partnership and cooperation agreement and that means we have at all different levels a very active exchange of ideas and view at all different levels.,” Jessean said.

Furthernore, the EU envoy said what is important for him is “we do continue to have meeting like today, where we are talking about cultural links, we talk about historical links, and we have other meetings where we talk abt other issues.”