133 for­eign­ers barred from PH in 2018 for be­ing rude

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - METRO - —TINA G. SAN­TOS

A to­tal of 133 for­eign na­tion­als were barred last year from the coun­try for be­ing rude and dis­re­spect­ful to Bureau of Im­mi­gra­tion (BI) of­fi­cers. In a re­port to Im­mi­gra­tion Com­mis­sioner Jaime Morente, BI Port Op­er­a­tions Divi­sion chief Grifton Me­d­ina said the fig­ure was slightly higher com­pared to 129 in 2017. “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.” BI records showed that Chi­nese na­tion­als topped the list of ex­cluded na­tion­als at 37. In sec­ond place were Amer­i­cans with 25 and Kore­ans, 23. “They were also placed in our im­mi­gra­tion black­list of un­de­sir­able aliens, thus, they are banned from reen­ter­ing the coun­try,” Me­d­ina added. Im­mi­gra­tion spokesper­son Dana San­doval said the BI had been strictly im­ple­ment­ing a pol­icy of dis­al­low­ing the en­try of aliens who be­have ar­ro­gantly against im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers, based on a memorandum or­der is­sued by then Im­mi­gra­tion chief An­drea Domingo on March 29, 2001.

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