Enrile cautions gov’t on deported Filipino activists from Seoul PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 10:44

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile cautioned on Monday the government to be “very careful” in handling the case of the six deported Filipino activities from Seoul, South Korea.

”I will caution the Philippine government to be very careful. There’s a national interest involved,” Enrile said when asked for comment after Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to file a diplomatic protest against South Korea

”If they think that they are injured by Korean government, let them make the proper protest. They can write the DFA so that DFA can inquire. But we cannot just act at the say so of anybody,” Enrile cautioned.

The six Filipino activities left Saturday for Seoul to take part in alternative meetings at the are set to run parallel to the G-20 Summit in Seoul but they were barred from entering Seoul and sent back to Manila.

The South Korean authorities reportedly said that the Filipino activists were blacklisted and not allowed to enter the country.

The deported include Maria Lorena Macabuag of the group Migrant Forum Asia, Josua Mata of the Alliance of Progressive Labor, Joseph Purugganan of Focus on the Global South, musician-poet and Asian Public Intellectual fellow Jess Santiago, Rogelio Soluta of the Kilusang Mayo Uno and Paul Quinto of Ibon Philippines.

”You cannot question that as a function of the government. In the same way that we can deport people that we consider undesirable. We cannot question the prerogatives of a sovereign state, unless we have enough battle ships and squadron of planes to make good our assertions,” Enrile said.

South Korean police and military have reportedly been on high alert after activists claimed some 20,000 people will join a protest march on Thursday at the start of the two-day Group of 20 summit.