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CA upholds deportation order vs ex BAP secretary general Graham Lim

/ 06:04 PM April 03, 2016

The Court of Appeals (CA) on Sunday upheld a Manila court’s decision declaring as valid the deportation order against former Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) Secretary General Graham Chua Lim.

In a 16-page decision, the appeals court’s 4th Division through Associate Justice Eduardo B. Peralta Jr. stated that the Manila Court is correct when it ruled that the Bureau of Immigration and former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima did not commit grave abuse of discretion when it ordered his deportation and inclusion in the bureau’s Blacklist.

Lim was to born on Feb.7, 1957 in the Philippines to Chinese parents—How Ang Lim and Mary Lim Chua. In 1992, he married Filipina and petitioner Racquel P. Lim.


In 2003, a complaint for deportation was filed against Lim saying he was posing as a Filipino while undergoing naturalization proceedings. The Bureau of Immigration (BI) then charged him as an undesirable alien under Commonwealth Act 613 and the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940 for misrepresenting himself as a Filipino citizen and securing a Philippine passport.


That same year, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) informed the Immigration Bureau that Lim’s passport has been cancelled due to his Chinese citizenship.

Two years later, the BI learned that Lim is a Taiwanese citizen. Lim filed a motion for reconsideration which was denied by the BI. He then took his case to the Office of the President, who upheld the BI’s ruling.

Lim took his case to the Supreme Court, but it was summarily dismissed.

On Dec. 7, 2009, Lim was arrested by virtue of a warrant for deportation. In 2010, he filed a petition that he be released on bail invoking his statelessness, pointing out an alleged communication between a certain Nenita V. Mendoza and Mr. Wang Chia-Chi, Senior Advisor of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, declaring Taiwan is not in a position to accept him.

The BI still denied his bid to post bail. Lim then filed a petition for habeas corpus before the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) but was denied for lack of jurisdiction.

His second petition for bail, appealing for BI’s magnanimity and humanitarian heart, was granted by BI on conditions that he shall not be engaged in any gainful activity, not allowed to travel, and prohibited from participating in sports activities or business and posting a P100,000 bond. Lim filed a partial motion for reconsideration particularly asking that he be allowed to engage in gainful activities and travel.


On the other hand, to verify his claim that he was stateless, the DFA conducted an inquiry and discovered that Lim has a Chinese passport.

In 2012, De Lima then ordered his immediate deportation. Lim then filed a petition for a temporary restraining order before the Manila RTC to which the court denied.

Lim went to Singapore. His wife filed the petition before the CA.

In its latest decision, the appeals court said “no reversible error committed” by the trial court when it affirmed the BI and De Lima’s order as it noted the finding that Lim is a Chinese citizen as he himself admitted in his bid to be naturalized as a Filipino.

The CA added that the Supreme Court has also ruled on the matter.

“Certainly, the Supreme Court resolution already denied his pleas for review of the finding that he is an undesirable alien. Therefore, as things stand, he is an undesirable alien who should be removed from the Philippines,” the appeals court said.

The appeals court added that the claim of statelessness “was a mere ploy to avoid deportation.”

On questioning De Lima’s authority to review the deportation order, the appeals court said the former Justice chief was only implementing the deportation order which has become final.

Earlier, Lim called as sheer “hypocrisy” De Lima’s “posturing” as a defender of human rights as part of her bid for a Senate seat.


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