Guevarra: We will consider Senate resolution on Angkas owner

Published January 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jeffrey Damicog

The executive branch would study the proposal of Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimental III to declare persona non grata the Singaporean owner of motorcycle-hailing company Angkas, assured Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday, January 23.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra  (Screenshot / RTVM / PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (Screenshot / RTVM / PCOO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“The executive department will give much weight to the Senate resolution, once approved,” Guevarra said.

Pimental filed last January Senate Resolution No. 286 which sought the Senate to declare Angeline Xiwen Tham, founder and chief executive officer of Angkas, for violating the ownership law and for “bullying” the Philippine government.

However, Guevarra reminded that only President Rodrigo Duterte and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) can declare a person persona non grata.

“There must be a formal declaration (persona non grata) first by the President or the DFA,” Guevarra explained.

“But under our immigration laws, any alien may be barred entry by the BI (Bureau of Immigration) for reasons other than being declared persona non grata,” he assured.

The Secretary said “a legislative resolution, in general, merely expresses a sentiment and is usually intended to influence executive action.”

“Although Sen. Pimentel’s proposed resolution is non-binding, the executive department will give it the utmost respect and consideration due to a co-equal branch of government,” he stated.

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