Last year I remember reading an article in the Manila Standard titled “Don’t be Rude, BI Tells Foreigners”, where the Bureau of Immigration (BI) had advised foreign visitors to respect Philippine laws and not to be rude towards immigration officers. It goes on to say that 74 foreigners were barred entry into the Philipines last year for being discourteous and offensive.
Well… bring in the New Year and that number for 2018 becomes even higher. I guess some people just refuse to be informed (or be polite).
Here is the most recent Press Release from the BI concerning the past year, 2018.
Date: 13 Jan 2019 (Sun)
BI Barred 133 Rude Aliens from Entering RP in 2018
PASAY, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said it barred 133 foreign nationals from entering the country last year for being rude and disrespectful to immigration officers.
In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said the number of rude aliens who were turned back in 2018 was slightly higher than the 129 excluded in 2017.
Medina thus advised foreigners visiting the country not to be discourteous and avoid using foul and indecent language when talking to immigration officers whom they encounter in the ports of entry.
“The entry and stay of foreigners in the country is only a privilege, not a right,” Medina said. “Aliens are not allowed to verbally abuse or disrespect our immigration officers.”
Statistics show that 37 Chinese nationals topped the list, followed by 25 Americans, and 23 Koreans.
“They were also placed in our immigration blacklist of undesirable aliens, thus they are banned from re-entering the country,” Medina added.
According to BI Spokesperson Dana Sandoval, the BI has been strictly implementing a policy to disallow the entry of foreigners who exhibit arrogance or make offensive utterances against immigration officers, the latter being symbols of Philippine authority.
She said such policy is grounded under a memorandum order that then BI chief Andrea Domingo issued on March 29, 2001 which provides not only for the exclusion of a disrespectful foreign passenger but also his inclusion in the immigration blacklist.
“While we have been instructed to observe maximum tolerance, arrogant and discourteous foreigners are sent back and blacklisted. Symbols of the country, such as authorities, should be respected,” Sandoval said.
Put ‘Em On The Bus!
As far as I am concerned (and many will likely agree with me on this), these bad players simply need not come back… the Philippines don’t want them… and us Expats surely don’t need them here making us all look bad. Actually most of them become blacklisted by the BI and find it difficult to return. The BI is getting tougher. I call this progress… wouldn’t you?