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PH Immigration Bars Two American Sex Convicts

Philippine immigration authorities have taken decisive action to prevent two American citizens convicted of sexual offenses from entering the country.

Danny Rodriguez, aged 52, was intercepted at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 in Pasay City on June 17, while Kenneth Allen Roedell, aged 72, was denied entry at Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) on June 10. Both individuals have been placed on the immigration blocklist, ensuring they are permanently barred from re-entering the Philippines.

According to Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco, Rodriguez and Roedell are registered sex offenders (RSOs) whose offenses involve moral turpitude, making them ineligible for entry under Philippine immigration laws.

Rodriguez was convicted in 2003 on charges of sexual assault against minors under 14 years old. Meanwhile, Roedell’s conviction in 2004 was for offenses including sexual molestation and lewd acts involving a 12-year-old victim.

Tansingco highlighted the effectiveness of a longstanding cooperation between the United States and the Philippines, whereby US authorities provide advance notification to Philippine counterparts about convicted sex offenders traveling abroad. This collaboration aims to prevent child exploitation and other sexual crimes by ensuring such individuals are stopped at the border.

The BI commissioner emphasized that these actions underscore the Philippines’ commitment to upholding its laws and protecting its borders from undesirable elements. The case also underscores the importance of international cooperation in addressing transnational crimes, particularly those involving vulnerable populations such as minors.