U.S. deports Filipino human rights violator

2/15/2016

United States immigration authorities have deported a Filipino who admitted doing surveillance for a law enforcement task force in the Philippines linked to the disappearance of several opposition politicians.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported Regor Cadag Aguilar, 42, less than two months after his capture by ICE officers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Aguilar arrived in Manila at noon Wednesday (Pacific Standard Time), on a commercial flight escorted by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers. Aguilar’s repatriation to the Philippines follows his arrest January 5, 2015, in Union City by members of one of ERO’s Fugitive Operations Teams.

Aguilar originally entered the U.S. on a visitor’s visa 15 years ago and overstayed, leading his placement in removal proceedings. In testimony offered during those proceedings, Aguilar acknowledged that, from 1998 to 2001, he worked as a surveillance agent for a law enforcement task force in the Philippines that targeted rival political figures, according to an ICE press release.

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