‘Persecuted in the PH for being gay’, Filipino spared from deportation

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

July 25, 2013

LOS ANGELES— Dennis Vitug was set to be deported to the Philippines until he told the courts that he may no longer return to his homeland because he is persecuted there for being gay.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Vitug, who was ordered to return to the Philippines because of drug convictions, was spared from deportation by the San Francisco-based US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals when he said that while in the Philippines, he was beaten, harassed, and denied work for being gay.

Vitug moved to the United States in 1999 and had overstayed his tourist visa. While living and working in Los Angeles, he was also studying fashion design. He is reportedly HIV-positive and had bouts with drug addiction.

The Los Angeles Philippine Consulate General’s Office is trying to determine if any of the California consulates are monitoring the case.

For more information, you may contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • jorge buesa
    25 July 2013 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    I can’t believe, this guy told the courts, about when he was in philippines ? He was perseucted for being Gay. Comeon Man when i visted with my wife we have a friend that’s a gay and he has a good job. In philippines they don’t care if your a gay. They good people, they like to have fun like any other people.

  • kikayPang0
    26 July 2013 at 4:26 am - Reply

    Apparently the court judge doesn’t have any clue about deceiving behavior of most Filipinos .

  • Delia
    26 July 2013 at 4:49 am - Reply

    Perhaps , the judge is gay as well , San Francisco where most gay resides .

    • Arbi
      26 July 2013 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Delia … Perhaps, you should open up a book and READ!

  • delialusional
    26 July 2013 at 6:15 am - Reply

    As long as there’s a loophole in the Immigration Laws, these types of cases will continue to prevail. I think it’s what is called Humanitarian Visas..

  • JAVO
    26 July 2013 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    WHAT A LIE …. in the late 80s, gays in the Philippines have been widely accepted… and can someone show us proof that gays where persecuted?????

    Ifever this guy was persecuted, it was his own brain that did this. Moreso, he must be one of the screaming ones.

    A petition will soon start condemning this accudation and asking the US Government to deport this guy to Thailand so he can have a cheap sex change.

    And to the Lawyer that handled this case and to the Judge that granted the deportation, THE PHILIPPINES IS THE GAYEST PLACE IN THIS EARTH. I GIVE YOU FREE AIRFARE AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATION TO EXPERIENCE.