The Daily Manila Shimbun


BI says Australian not detained but not cleared to travel

August 10, 2018

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Australian professor Gill Hale Boehringer is not detained but unable to board his flight Friday due to medical reasons, a spokesperson said.

“It is upon the assessment of the medical team of the airline to determine if he is fit to travel.  The Bureau understands and considers his situation and has extended all possible assistance our office can give to him, including medical attention from his chosen physician,” said Dana Krizia Sandoval.

She added Boehringer will board his flight to Guangzhou once cleared to travel.

Boehringer, subject of an exclusion order last August 8 arising from being in the BI’s blacklist, is at the exclusion room of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

“We wish to dispel the notion that Mr. Boehringer is detained by BI,” said Sandoval. “Custody has been with the airline immediately upon exclusion, and he has been staying in the airline’s exclusion room pending his return flight, which is a decent room with basic furniture needed for a comfortable stay.  Technically speaking, he has not entered the country,” she added. DMS