BI bars American sex offender at NAIA
BI bars American sex offender at NAIA
BI bars American sex offender at NAIA
by Mary Antalan09 November 2023
Photo Courtesy: Bureau of Immigration

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Thursday, Nov. 8, it barred an American sex offender from entering the country at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

According to BI’s Border Control and Enforcement United (BCIU), the American national, identified as Terry Lynn Spies, 60, was intestated upon arriving aboard an Eva Air Flight from Taiwan on Nov. 3.

Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco had earlier sent out an alert notice instructing BI officers stationed at airports to stop Spies from entering the country if he is found and to put him on the first flight back to their port of origin as soon as possible.

BCIU Deputy Chief for Operations Joseph Cuet, however, said that Spies was already dispatched back to the US on November 4 on an Eva Air trip to Taipei en route to the US.

The BI said that Spies is only one of over 140 foreign nationals that the BI has refused entry to this year due to his history of sex crime convictions.

Interpol's National Central Bureau (NCB) in Manila, citing the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has discovered that in November 2012, Spies was convicted of engaging in online solicitation of a minor.

In violation of Texas law, Spies allegedly persuaded a 14-year-old girl to meet with him for "indecent purposes via telecommunications."

“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 BI Chief stressed.

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