A Filipina migrant in Japan is facing deportation on October 18, 2018 after the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau informed her lawyer by telephone just hours after filing “suchikbo -, a legal instrument that requires immigration to inform lawyers of detained foreigners about their impending deportation.
Loida Quindoy is a 56-year old Filipina who came to Japan in 1996 as a spouse of a Japanese national. Like many OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) today, she was driven out by poverty in the Philippines and the desire for a better life abroad. Loida did not have a rosy life in Japan; she was a victim of spousal violence before she finally divorced her husband in 2000. As a consequence of the divorce, she lost her 3-year long-term spouse visa. However, through sheer hard work and by paying her tax dues, she obtained a permanent residence status in 2009.
In 2007 Loida remarried to a fellow Filipino who, unfortunately, had a “bad record” with Japanese immigration – a history of ‘overstaying’ and use of an assumed identity. He was involuntarily deported back to the Philippines in 2011 and Loida’s permanent residence status was arbitrarily revoked in 2012. The Immigration Bureau found Loida guilty of allowing her husband to join her in Japan by signing his “application for eligibility” as a spouse of a permanent resident. Since 2012, Loida has been on provisional release (‘karehomen’) and was not allowed to work. She has sustained herself through family and friends.
Loida tried all available legal remedies to reinstate her residence status, but the Immigration Bureau was determined to deny her a second chance. She was harassed, intimated and threatened with involuntary deportation many times, but she endured all that because she wanted to stay and be with her family in Japan.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo has provided no assistance and support to Filipinos who are in similar situation like Loida. Instead, the embassy has committed its support to help the Japanese government by discouraging the exodus of undocumented Filipinos to Japan while encouraging overstays and those in detention to go back to the Philippines.
Last October 11, 2018, Loida’s provisional release was finally revoked, without warning and even if there was no violation of any condition set therein. Now, the Immigration Bureau is bent on enforcing her deportation from Japan on October 18, 2018.
Loida is suffering from various health issues some of which were largely due to anxieties and psychological stresses that she experienced throughout her ordeal. She is suffering from hypertension and had undergone two medical operations since 2012 – one on her gallbladder and another on her shoulder. She no longer has families in the Philippines who can take care of her.
Loida also has an unfinished mission in Japan. Being an active member of the Music Ministry of the Filipino Nazarene Christian Fellowship (FNCF) she has been an inspiration to young Filipino couples and their children. Her work as a welfare case officer of the KAFIN Migrant Center (KMC) and administrator of its half-way house for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking has helped a lot of Filipinos in her immediate community.
Most importantly, Loida’s family – her son and two granddaughters are all living in Japan. They are her only source of joy. To forcibly deport her back to the Philippines would mean separating her from her own family which is the worst that could happen to her.
Loida Quindoy has been living in Japan for the past 22 years, or almost half her life. She is not a criminal to be treated this way by a government that has earned so much from her perseverance and hard work. Her mistakes are too small compared to the punishment she had endured and continues to endure. The Immigration Bureau is wrong to force her deportation. It violates her human rights and international humanitarian law. Loida deserves to be with her family. Her mission in Japan is needed by her compatriots. Let us not allow this to happen to Loida and to others who are in a similar situation. Loida deserves a second chance. She is good for the community and society as a whole.
STOP THE DEPORTATION OF LOIDA QUINDOY!
RECOMMENDED ACTIONS: We request for support by sending letters of appeal to the following agencies in Japan to STOP THE DEPORTATION OF LOIDA QUINDOY, and to the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo to make representation on behalf of Loida Quindoy and provide her with necessary legal and welfare assistance. H.E. TAKESHI YAMASHITA Minister Justice Ministry of Japan 1-1-1, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 100-8977 Japan Fax No: +81 3-3592-7393 The Director Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau 5-5-30 Konan, Minato-ku Tokyo 108-8255 Japan Telephone no: +81 3-5796-7111 Fax No: +81 3-5796-7125 H.E. KOJI HANEDA Ambassador Embassy of Japan 2627 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City 1300 Philippines Telephone No: (02) 551-5710 (Trunk Line) Email: email@example.com H.E. EDUARDO M.R. MENEZ Deputy Minister Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines 5-15-5 Roppongi, Minato-ku Tokyo 106-8537 Japan Telephone No: Fax No: +81 3-5562-1603 Email: Eduardo.firstname.lastname@example.org Hold selfie or groupie protests holding support messages for Loida Quindoy and post, or send this to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/299234224012566/ Hold pickets in front of the Japanese embassy or consulate to demand the reinstatement of Loida Quindoy’s residence status.