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A Word To The Wise; Be Polite!

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In a message targetted at foreign visitors, BI Commissioner Jaime H. Morente said that 74 had been refused entry by officers for, arrogant, rude and disrespectful behavior. In a discussion with staff at the Bureau, I learned that the behavior ranged from disrespect to individual officers, comments about the flag, the President, and comments about perceived failings of Filipinos in general. The full text can be found here

As well as being turned back at the point of entry they can be blacklisted and not be able to visit the Philippines again

A number of other visitors had been blacklisted after they have left the country following confrontations in field offices and are not entitled to return.

The blacklisting for rudeness can be appealed, by sending a letter requesting removal from the blacklist to the BI Commissioner. The person blacklisted must cite genuine reasons for the misconduct and apologize for it.

It is a timely reminder that we are guests here and that we need to accept that the Philippines is a relatively young independent nation and compared with the worlds older nations is doing a remarkable job. Think of the US, the UK and Australia 75 years after independence.

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