Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines. Photo: Google Maps
Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines. Photo: Google Maps

A Filipino-American basketball player who was arrested on September 19 for allegedly being in the Philippines illegally was later released.

Troy Rike, 22, who plays for the National University basketball team, was served a warrant of arrest by the Bureau of Immigration, who claimed that he was studying in the country illegally because he did not have the proper visa, CNN Philippines reported.

The basketball player was arrested immediately following a game against the De La Salle Green Archers at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Rike was detained for 24 hours and was released only after he was able to provide documents to prove his dual citizenship, which give him the right to study in the Philippines.

“I don’t think they do this in general just rounding up Americans, saying show me your papers so I do feel I was singled out and that’s not okay in my opinion,” Rike said.

According to BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval, Rike’s arrest followed normal procedure. She said that the BI act on any report or information that they receive from the public.

“If we receive information about a possible immigration violation, we act on it,” Sandoval said.

Sandoval also admitted that there was no case pending against Rike.

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