By Roy Mabasa
The application for political asylum of an Iranian beauty queen, who was barred from entering the Philippines after her name was found in the “red notice” list of the Interpol, is still “being considered,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday.
However, DFA Assistant Secretary Eduardo Meñez refused to further comment on the case of Bahare Zare Bahari, Iran’s official representative to the 2018 Miss Intercontinental beauty pageant held at the Mall of Asia Arena early this year.
Bahari filed for asylum on October 17, shortly after Philippine immigration authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) told her she should be deported back to Tehran for a warrant issued by the Interpol.
“Since her application for asylum is being considered, the DFA has no comment on this matter,” Meñez said in a message to reporters.
It was earlier reported that the Iranian beauty queen was facing charges in her country for allegedly assaulting a fellow Iranian.
In applying for an asylum, Bahari claimed it was a “harassment suit.”
The Department of Justice (DOJ), which has jurisdiction over the petition for asylum of Bahari, earlier said they were still waiting for other resource persons to assist them in evaluating the application.
Bahari is now under the custody of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in its facility in Bicutan.