140 Foreign Registered Sex Offenders Denied Entry to the Philippines

Another American Registered Sex Offender (RSO) Barred Entry to the Philippines

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced on Thursday, Nov. 9, that they have intercepted the entry of American Terry Lyn Spies, 60, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last Nov. 3. This marks the 140th foreign RSO to have been blocked entry to the Philippines this year.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco stated, “As gatekeepers of the country, we are duty-bound as immigration officers to prevent the entry of aliens whose presence here poses a serious risk to our women and children.”

The interception of Spies follows a provision in the Philippine Immigration Act which expressly prohibits the entry into the country of aliens previously convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude.

According to a report from the BI’s Border Control and Enforcement Unit (BCIU) Deputy Chief for Operations Joseph Cuete, Spies was sent back to the United States last Nov. 4 via an Eva Air flight to Taipei enroute to the US.

The bureau had issued an alert order prior to the arrival of Spies directing BI officers at the airports to prevent his entry and immediately book him on the first available flight to his port of origin.

Information provided by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Interpol’s (International Criminal Police Organization) National Central Bureau (NCB) in Manila revealed that in November 2012, a court in Texas convicted Spies for engaging in online solicitation of a minor. He allegedly enticed a 14-year-old girl to meet him for ‘indecent purposes via telecommunications’ in violation of Texas’ penal code.

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