Bureau of Immigration (BI): "rude" or "disrespectful" foreigners to BI officers will be barred from entering the country

Manila, Philippines – Philippines is known for its natural beauty and Filipinos for their hospitality, but foreigners should also behave themselves in the first place.

Foreigners visiting the country who are disrespectful and rude towards immigration officers will be banned from entering.

Confirmed by Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI can deny entry of visitors who show disrespect to its officers.

This warning came after BI ports operations division reported that there were about 74 foreigners who were denied of entry at the Philippine ports in 2017 for the same reason.

The BI commissioner cited a memorandum order issued on March 29, 2001 by then BI chief Andrea Domingo, which states that foreigners “who show disrespect” or those who would “make offensive utterances” to BI officers will be denied entry in the Philippines.

Morente highlighted that foreigners’ stay in the country is only a privilege for them, and they should show courtesy to the immigration officers upon arrival.

“The entry and stay of foreigners in the country is not a right but a mere privilege,” Morente said

“Thus, they ought to show respect and courtesy to immigration officers upon their arrival in our ports of entry.” Morente added.

In the said port incident, Marc Red Mariñas, the BI ports operation division chief, also mentioned that aside from being denied, rude foreigners would also be blacklisted.

“Domingo’s memorandum provides not only for the exclusion of a rude foreign passenger but also his inclusion in the immigration blacklist that prevents him from returning to the Philippines,” Mariñas said.

“This is done to teach these arrogant and discourteous foreigners the lesson that ours is a sovereign country whose authority they should respect,” he added.

However, blacklisted foreigners may file or submit their request to the immigration chief for his removal by “citing meritorious reasons and apologizing for his misconduct,”.

source: Inquirer

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