FILIPINOS are known as courteous, law-abiding, God-fearing and hospitable people, making our migrant workers as the “darling” of countless foreign employers across the globe.
That’s why Filipinos are shocked and enraged when rude, misplaced and ill-mannered foreign nationals visiting the Philippines verbally abuse or disrespect our immigration officers.
The government has been strictly implementing a policy to disallow the entry of foreigners who exhibit arrogance or make offensive utterances against immigration authorities.
Last year, Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) barred 133 foreigners, 37 of them Chinese, from entering the country for being arrogant.
In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said the undesirable aliens also included Americans and South Koreans.
The number of rude foreign nationals who were rejected last year was slightly higher than the 129 excluded in 2017.
Medina said the entry or stay of foreigners in the country is only a privilege and not a right. “Aliens are not allowed to verbally abuse or disrespect our immigration officers,” he added.
Aside from being sent back to their homeland, undesirable foreigners are also included in the immigration blacklist, meaning they are banned from re-entering the “Pearl of the Orient Seas.”
In the view of many, including the ordinary Filipino in the street, ill-bred aliens have no place in a society of civilized people.
Of course, our hospitality is reserved for those foreign nationals who obey the country’s laws and respect symbols of the Philippines, such as immigration authorities.