Nagbigay ng maikling pahayag ang Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary na si Teodoro Locsin Jr. tungkol sa isyung kinasangkutan ng Fil-American actor na si Tony Labrusca.
Nitong nakaraang January 3, umani ng batikos si Tony nang ibinunyag ng ilang netizens ang diumano'y paninigaw at pagmumura ng ABS-CBN actor sa harap ng isang superior immigration officer sa NAIA Terminal 1 pagbalik nito sa Pilipinas galing Canada.
Nakaabot ang isyu kay Sec. Locsin sa pamamagitan ng Twitter, at ito ang dahilan kung bakit nasabi niyang mas makabubuti kung i-deport na lang ang aktor.
Samantala, sa isa pang tweet, nagbigay rin si Locsin ng komento tungkol naman sa damit na suot ni Tony sa isang litrato.
Tweet nito, "His clothes are too big for him."
Sa Bureau of Immigration nakapataw ang kapangyarihan upang magpa-deport ng foreign nationals. Ang nasabing ahensya ng gobyerno ay bahagi ng Department of Justice.
Si Vitaliano Napeñas Aguirre II ang itinalagang DOJ Secretary ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte noong 2016.
Itinalaga namang DFA chief nitong nakaraang November 2018 si Sec. Locsin kapalit ni Alan Peter Cayetano na tatakbo bilang congressman ng Taguig ngayong taon.
Samantala, nitong Biyernes, January 4, nag-issue ng public apology si Tony sa superior immigration officer gamit ang kanyang social media.
Narito ang buong statement ni Tony hinggil sa isyu:
"I want to extend my sincerest apology to the superior Immigration Officer (I.O.) who was on duty and I had a talk with yesterday morning, 03 Jan 2019.
"After lining up and crossing the immigration, I went up to the superior IO and we ended up going inside an enclosed space inside her office to discuss privately.
"I admit I was a bit frustrated and that I asked why I was only given 30 days to stay in the country this time. I was unaware of the policy that because I was not with my mother, I did not qualify for a Balikbayan stamp.
"It was very upsetting for me. And I’m sorry that I somehow took my frustrations out on the Officer.
"But never did I ever call anyone stupid, nor an idiot much less brag about being a celebrity.
"I know for a fact that the officer is merely doing her job. My biggest mistake perhaps was letting my emotions get the better of me and again I’m sorry.
"It was a long flight from Canada and while it is not a perfect excuse, I would like to start this year fresh both in my life and the people I’ve encountered with. Once again, I am deeply sorry for my reaction.—Tony Labrusca."