05 MAY 2015
BI ISSUES DEPORTATION CHARGE
AGAINST SOCIAL MEDIA BASHER
Manila, Philippines--Bureau of Immigration (BI) officials yesterday issued a deportation charge for undesirability against Thai national Prasertsri Kosin, known to netizens under the handle “Koko Narak”.
Kosin gained notoriety in the social media community in recent weeks for his racially-offensive comments in his Facebook account where he tagged Filipinos as “pignoys”, “stupid creatures”, low-class slum slaves” and “useless race in this world”. He was discovered to be working for Cognizant Philippines, a business process outsourcing company based in Taguig City.
“Based on our records, Kosin is working under a special non-immigrant visa based on Section 47(a)(2) of the Philippine Immigration Act. The visa will be eventually cancelled should he be determined to be undesirable”, said BI spokesperson Elaine Tan.
Kosin was informed of the deportation charge yesterday.
Tan said that Kosin will be allowed to present his defenses to the charge against him. Deportation cases at the BI are heard before its Board of Special Inquiry, whose recommendation is deliberated by the Board of Commissioners in the latter’s weekly meeting.
“We cannot say at this point how long the proceedings will go—it may take two to six months depending on the evidence presented and the cooperation of the parties. Kosin also has the option to admit the charge against him and opt for voluntary deportation in order to expedite the proceedings”, said Tan.
In the event of deportation, Kosin’s name will be included in the BI’s blacklist, barring re-entry into the country.