Human rights activists banned from entering the Philippines

Two Canadian human rights activists are barred from entering the Philippines, a move that Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, or BAYAN, and the Canada Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights condemned.

Aiyanas Ormond says he has written letters to ask that his name be taken out of the blacklist order, so he can visit his Filipino friends again.

Ormond recently found out that he was included among the group of foreigners blacklisted by the Bureau of Immigration, and he believes this is because of his affiliation with the Alliance for People’s Health.

Another Canadian who is in the blacklist is Montreal-based Malcolm Guy, a documentary filmmaker and also a rights activist.

The Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights believes the blacklist was issued to silence foreigners who criticize the government.

Under the law, any foreigner can apply for the lifting of the ban by writing a letter to the immigration commissioner with supporting documents.

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