August 15, 2018
An 84-year-old Australian who was barred from entering the Philippines has arrived back in Sydney after spending six days detained at Manila airport.
An Australian activist who spent six days detained at an airport in the Philippines has arrived in Sydney.
NSW professor Gill Boehringer arrived in Sydney on Wednesday morning after boarding a flight from Manila via the Chinese city of Guangzhou on Tuesday.
The elderly man was barred from entering the Philippines on August 8 after being placed on the Bureau of Immigration’s blacklist for attending a rally in the country three years ago.
Although relieved to be back in Sydney, Prof Boehringer said he won’t be let back into the Philippines.
“President (Rodrigo) Duterte is determined to keep me out,” he told AAP at the airport.
At 12.50 pm (Manila time), Prof Boehringer boarded the China Southern Airlines CZ3092 flight to Guangzhou where he will take a connecting flight to Sydney later tonight. He is expected to land at the Kingsford Smith International Airport, tomorrow, 15 August at 8.25 am. Prof Boehringer was forced to board the plane without proper medical clearance and assessed fit to travel.
Prof Boehringer is returning to Sydney by virtue of the exclusion order of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI). His name is included in the BI’s blacklist. He was kept at the NAIA 1 terminal for nearly 7 days, subjected to the most frustrating kind of ping-pong bureaucracy BI could exercise.
Prof Boehringer will be met at the airport by community and human rights activists.
He will be available for media interviews as soon as he arrives.
Contact: Peter Brock 0425363370 (Action for Peace and Development), Peter Murphy 041831201 (International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines), Lina Cabaero 0407841010 (Migrante Australia)