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BI to deport Turkish national who assaulted traffic enforcer

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The Immigration bureau has started the deportation process against a Turkish national who assaulted a traffic enforcer in Makati City last week.

Makati City chief information officer Romulo Salgado Jr. said the suspect, Yuksel Ibrahim, 24, will also be deported for overstaying and for being an undesirable alien.

Salgado said the Makati City police station released Ibrahim from detention after posting bail, but authorities again placed him under arrest for violating the Immigration law.

“After posting bail, he was immediately arrested again by the Bureau of Immigration,” said Salgado.

Mayor Abigail Binay earlier asked the agency for the immediate deportation of Ibrahim who was caught driving without license and later assaulted a local traffic enforcer along Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue Thursday last week.

Investigation showed that Ibrahim was driving a black Honda car at the corner of Gil Puyat Avenue and Bautista Street in Barangay Palanan around 5 pm when he hit the arm of Michael Orcino, who was directing traffic in the area.

Binay said Ibrahim, a businessman and residing at Teacher’s Compound in Barangay West Rembo, Makati, blatantly disrespected Philippine laws by driving a vehicle without a license.

Since he had none, Ibrahim tried to escape but Orcino maneuvered his motorcycle in front and block the Turkish national’s vehicle.

Ibrahim alighted from the vehicle and dragged the motorcycle off the road. He also physically assaulted Orcino when the traffic enforcer refused to let him through.

Orcino was wearing a body camera when the altercation took place. It was knocked off after Ibrahim shoved and pushed him several times.

The suspect was initially charged by the police with direct assault, threat, resisting arrest, and malicious mischief.

Yuksel Ibrahim’s video, which was recorded by a netizen, went viral on social media,

“We immediately conducted an investigation on his status after we received information about the incident,” said BI Intelligence Division chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr.

“We found out that he is already overstaying, and his blatant disregard for the law and disrespect for law enforcers show that he is an undesirable alien,” he added.

Manahan said further verification also revealed that Ibrahim was also engaged in various activities in the country without a proper visa.

Immigration commissioner Jaime Morente reiterated his warning against illegal and undesirable aliens.

“Respect our laws, and respect our law enforcers. We will not tolerate this behavior. His actions show that he is a risk to public safety, and must be deported,” he said.

Ibrahim is currently detained at the BI Detention Center in Bicutan, Taguig pending his deportation proceedings.

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