Manila: An Australian biker gang member earlier implicated in assaulting two Thais in a road rage incident in Thailand, was barred by Philippine authorities from entering the country.
The 37-year-old Daniel Anthony Stalley, a member of the “Hell’s Angels” motorbike syndicate, was stopped at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 2 (NAIA 2) last November 25 upon his arrival in the country aboard a Philippine Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Philippine Bureau of Immigration’s port operations division chief, Grifton Medina, said based on information they received from the Interpol, Stalley has a record of engaging in violent activities and is a member of a notorious biker gang, the Hell’s Angels.
“Information about him and his affiliations was included in our database. This prompted our offices to immediately exclude him and book him on the first available flight to his port of origin,” Medina said, adding that Stalley could not be admitted into the country as he is deemed an “undesirable alien who poses a risk to public safety.”
Stalley made headlines in Thailand after allegedly assaulting two Thais in 2016.
According to a report published in the online “Pattaya Mail” in Thailand, Stalley and another accomplice, also a Hell’s Angels member, had figured in hit and run incident in September 2016 where the duo beat up two Thai men.
It was reported that Stalley and his biker friend were driving in a pick-truck when they figured in a collision with a motorcycle in South Pattaya.
The two tried to escape but was chased by a gang of Thais.
They later on turned on to their pursuers and beat them up. The incident was caught on video which went viral.
Eventually Stalley and his friend settled the case by paying off the aggrieved Thais.
According to Medina, the Australian was denied entry to the Philippines after the Australian authorities alerted the Philippine, about Stalley’s impending arrival in Manila.
Lawyer Rommel Tacorda, Philippine Bureau of Immigrations-Interpol chief, said aside from Stalley’s involvement in the incident in Pattaya, his links to “Hell’s Angels” brought about suspicions about his potential ties to organised crime and violent activities in various countries.
“Our counterparts informed us that Stalley and other gang members were involved in illegal activities, including assault, weapons possession, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct,” Tacorda said.
The Hell’s Angels traces its roots to the United States where it emerged in the late 1940s. From the US, it spread to other countries, including Australia where it is said to have 250 members.
Among the illegal activities that the Hell’s Angels are said to be involved in are drug trafficking, prostitution, armed robbery, arms trafficking and contract killings.