FOR being rude and disrespectful to immigration officers, a total of 133 foreign nationals were barred by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) from entering the country last year. Statistics show that 37 Chinese nationals topped the list, followed by 25 Americans and 23 Koreans and other nationalities.
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 and thus he 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. Aliens are not allowed to verbally abuse or disrespect our immigration officers,” he said.
The BI, he said, 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.
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.
Said aliens have been placed in the immigration blacklist of undesirable aliens and are now banned from re-entering the country.