HIV-positive director-actor blacklisted by immigration now allowed to enter PH, seeks investigation on blacklist order

Naturalized Australian citizen and director-actor Marcelino "Mars" Cavestany has been allowed entry to the Philippines after being blacklisted by the Bureau of Immigration for being HIV-positive, reports Inquirer.net. Cavestany was blocked by immigration agents at the NAIA terminal when he arrived on March 6.

According to the report, the Philippine immigration chief has rescinded the order banning Cavestany to enter the country. The report adds that the Philippine Commission on Human Rights said the blacklisting was "unacceptable and illegal" after citing a 1998 Philippine law that guaranteed freedom to travel to all HIV-positive individuals.

Immigration Commissioner Ronaldo Ledesma said his predecessor Marcelino Libanan included Cavestany in the list after an official of the government’s Culture and Arts Commission said the director-actor had intended to spread HIV, reports Inquirer.net.

According to Manila Bulletin, Cavestany will seek investigation from the Senate or Congress on the blacklist order. Cavestany told the newspaper that he felt "dehumanized" after he was held at the airport. Unang Hirit reported on March 10 that Cavestany suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized on the same day.

For more on this story, log on to Inquirer.net and ManilaBulletin.com.ph.

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