Lee O'Brian

American Actor Lee O’Brian Deported After Losing Case Against Ex-Partner Pokwang

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has confirmed the successful deportation of American national Lee O’Brian, former partner of Filipino comedienne Marietta Subong, popularly known as Pokwang. The deportation took place on April 8, 2024, following the resolution of all pending cases against O’Brian in the Philippines.

Deportation Case Filed by Pokwang

In June 2023, Pokwang filed a petition for the deportation of O’Brian and the cancellation of his visa, alleging that her ex-partner was in the country on a tourist visa and had no working permit.

The couple, who met in 2014 while working on the film Edsa Woolworth, were together for six years and share a daughter, Malia, born in January 2018.

Violation of Immigration Laws

The deportation case against O’Brian was hinged on his violation of Sections 23 and 37 (A) (7) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940.

The resolution stated O’Brian’s “active involvement in the film, television programs, and theatrical industry” which violated the terms and conditions of his stay in the country.1

Counter-Affidavit Filed by O’Brian

In response to the deportation complaint, O’Brian filed a counter-affidavit in June 2023, appealing to local authorities to look at his case “fairly and with justice.” He emphasized that he always put the best interest of their daughter first and expressed respect for Pokwang as the mother of his child.

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Deportation Order and Execution

On December 12, 2023, the BI issued an eight-page resolution ordering the deportation of O’Brian, the cancellation of his pre-arranged employment visa, and his inclusion in the BI Blacklist.

Despite the deportation order, Pokwang claimed in February 2024 that O’Brian was still in the Philippines, allegedly due to having connections or a “padrino.”

However, the BI announced on April 11, 2024, that O’Brian had been successfully deported on April 8, after confirming that he had no more pending cases in the country.

The deportation of Lee O’Brian serves as a reminder of the importance of adhering to immigration laws and the consequences of violating the terms and conditions of one’s stay in a foreign country.

It also highlights the personal struggles and legal battles that can arise from failed relationships, especially those involving public figures.

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