[In the news] Panamanian accused of rape declared persona non grata -INQUIRER.net

Panamanian accused of rape declared persona non grata.

By Tina G. Santos, TJ Burgonio, Philippine Daily Inquirer
May 13, 2012

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has declared the Panamanian diplomat accused of raping a 19-year-old Filipino woman  persona non grata (PNG), or unwelcome in the country.

The DFA made the declaration after it received a diplomatic note from the Panamanian government saying that it had decided not to waive the diplomatic immunity of Erick Bairnals Shcks, a member of the administrative and technical staff of the Panama Embassy here.

“Immediately thereafter, the DFA declared Mr. Shcks persona non grata,” the DFA said.

The note was delivered by Panama Ambassador to the Philippines Roberto Carlos Vallarino late Friday afternoon, the DFA said on Saturday.

“In accordance with Article 9 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, Mr. Shcks should be recalled or terminated of his functions by the Panamanian government,” the DFA said in a statement.

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