Philippines BI Rejects Even More Foreign Nationals in 2018!

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.

PRESS RELEASE
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?

 

9 thoughts on “Philippines BI Rejects Even More Foreign Nationals in 2018!

  1. Some people it’s their culture to be defensive and I can understand. But it needs to be noted not all immigration officials are polite or courteous towards foreigners. I hand an encounter at the main BI Branch not long ago. The man behind the counter told me what I needed to do and I could barely hear him due to the noise. I went and did what he said and returned. He went crazy when I was still missing one document and said something to the effect can’t you listen. I told him I’m partially deaf in one ear and hard of hearing. Then he basically yelled at me in a rude condescending way. I was nothing but polite to the man. This policy should go both ways but of course you can’t win with a Filipino if you hurt their feelings.

  2. I had a run in with an immigration at MNL who caused me to miss my flight!. A young, snot nosed, maybe 20 year old “officer” (Term used loosely) who thought she was God. I’ll just say they are smart screening for weapons prior to going through immigration. LOL she accused me of sex worker trafficking. Oh how I wish … and then the ‘acts’ I wished to do upon her!

  3. Good to be in a foreign country you are guest and should act like that. Me I am that American you see but forget. I am the first to help the last to show my arse. I see it from both Western way of doing things and my way is that in Asia just calm down back off the throttle and coast. You get lot more with a smile than a grunt.

  4. So true. Bottom line is that Immigration officials are entitled to have a bad day… us foreigners, not so much! I had a rude female once like that. All I did was smile at her and it made her even more mad! I enjoyed that. Thanks for the comment!

  5. As many years as the wife and I have been entering the Country I don’t think I have ever spoken 2 words to the Immigration officers. I just hand my Pass Port to the wife and let her interact with the officer while I just stand next to her waiting for the once over look to see if the Pass Port photo looks like me from the Officer. She is the one who answers all the questions they ask. And have never had problem getting in and out of Country.

  6. Some people it’s their culture to be defensive and I can understand. But it needs to be noted not all immigration officials are polite or courteous towards foreigners. I hand an encounter at the main BI Branch not long ago. The man behind the counter told me what I needed to do and I could barely hear him due to the noise. I went and did what he said and returned. He went crazy when I was still missing one document and said something to the effect can’t you listen. I told him I’m partially deaf in one ear and hard of hearing. Then he basically yelled at me in a rude condescending way. I was nothing but polite to the man. This policy should go both ways but of course you can’t win with a Filipino if you hurt their feelings.

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