By Benjamin Lim Vergara
A TOTAL of 133 foreign nationals were barred from entering the Philippines last year for being rude and disrespectful to immigration officers, the Bureau of Immigration recently announced.
BI Port Operations Division (POD) chief Grifton Medina said the figure was slightly higher than the 129 foreigners that were excluded in 2017.
Medina reminded foreigners visiting the country to respect the 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, adding, “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 utterance against immigration officers, the latter being symbols of Philippine authority.
Sandoval 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 but also inclusion in the immigration blacklist.
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