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Immigration authorities at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Thursday barred four Japanese men from entering the country, including a drunken man who allegedly harassed an airport ground staff member.

Rudy David, an immigration officer, said Friday that the drunken man, 35, from Kumamoto Prefecture, became unruly upon arrival at the airport when he couldn’t find his ticket or passport.

“He even held me by the collar and accused me of taking away his passport,” David said. “It turned out that his travel documents were tucked in a jacket inside his bag.”

David said the man, who reeked of alcohol, also embraced a female staff member, spat at a reporter and shoved passengers who were lining up at the immigration counter.

“He became very unruly,” he said.

He said the immigration office decided to bar him from entering the country as a consequence of his actions.

“We cannot allow such people to enter our country,” David said. “They should respect and follow our rules if they want to visit us.”

The drunken man and the three other Japanese nationals were deported to Tokyo on Thursday shortly after they arrived. “They took the same Japan Airlines plane (home) that they took to get here,” David said.

He said the three other men were denied entry into the Philippines on suspicion they were members of a criminal syndicate.

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