Why was Marc Sueselbeck, the purported fiance of slain transgender Jeffrey Laude detained by the Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration even as he was at the airport on his way to boarding a flight back to his home in Germany? That is a question ‘netizens’ have been asking one another. But the only entity that can give an authoritative answer to that question has already spoken. Department of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said on Monday that “Marc Sueselbeck was stopped from leaving so he could face ‘undesirability’ charges that the Bureau of Immigration had filed against him.”To some people, stopping an “undesirable alien” from leaving the country does not make sense. But he is already leaving for God’s sake!
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Indeed, but leaving without a criminal record is different from being deported. When you are deported, you face insurmountable complications coming back to the country that deported you. If the Philippine government had let Sueselbeck board his plane the other day, he would have gone clean and excaped the consequences of his actions while he was a visiting alien in the Philippines. Sueselbeck’s legal counsel Harry Roque himself assured the public that his client is “ready to face the consequences of his actions.”
Those actions are pretty grave. Breaking into a military camp in any country is a serious offense. He could have been shot by Philippine troops tasked with the security of Camp Aguinaldo and that would have been easily regarded as a clean shooting. In that regard, Sueselbeck is lucky.
Not surprisingly, the German government itself has not shown much interest in even touching this case with a ten ten-foot pole…
Sueselbeck came to the Philippines to attend the wake of his fiancée, Filipino transgender woman Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, who was allegedly murdered by US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton in Olongapo City last October 11, 2014.
Laude’s sister, Marilou, and Sueselbeck caused a commotion at Camp Aguinaldo after they climbed over a security fence to get to where Pemberton is currently being detained.
Sueselbeck then pushed the camp guard who tried to block his way.
He subsequently apologized to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) but the authorities are intent on pursuing charges against him for “unauthorized entry” and using physical force against a uniformed personnel.
According to Charles Jose, spokesman of the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine government has no plans of contacting the German Embassy on this matter. Jose also said they have no plans of informing the German government on this matter any further.
What would the German government be even discussing with the Philippine government on this matter? Climbing a perimeter fence of a military camp — the headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines no less — with the intent of forcing one’s way into a restricted part of the premises pretty much constitutes a clear violation of Philippine law. Worse, Sueselbeck had also reportedly physically assaulted a Filipino soldier while he was at it.
Perhaps, as an experiment, Filipino ‘activists’ should try to force their way into the Pentagon. I hope they take down some notes on the experience. It should make fascinating reading.
[Photo courtesy DailyMail.co.uk.]
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