Careful who you piss off at your local Bureau of Immigration Office. A recent press BI release[i] revealed that the Philippine Bureau of Immigration gave 74 “rude aliens” the boot in 2017. “Persona non grata” status might also get your name on the Immigration Blacklist.
The BI Blacklist
The BI Blacklist means you’re barred from ever entering the Philippines again.
No more cheap beer.
No more girlfriends 50 years your junior.
No more balut (OK, you could probably do without the dead chick in a boiled egg.)
The Consequences of being Rude
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has advised foreigners visiting the country not to be rude and disrespectful towards Immigration Officers. You will gain “Undesirable Alien” status. Next step? You’re give the jackfruit boot and turned away at all the ports.
“The entry and stay of foreigners in the country is not a right but a mere privilege,” BI Commissioner Jaime H.Morente said. “Thus, they ought to show respect and courtesy to Immigration Officers upon their arrival in our ports of entry.”
According to Commissioner Morente, the BI has been strictly implementing a policy to exclude or disallow the entry of foreigner who show disrespect or make offensive utterances to symbols of Philippine Authority. No doubt the extended middle finger towards an Immigration Official might be considered a sign of disrespect.
Such grounds for exclusion is listed under a Memorandum Order that then Immigration Chief Andrea Domingo issued on March 29, 2001.
The Commissioner issued the statement after BI Port Operations Division Chief Marc Red A. Mariñ reported that 74 Aliens were barred from entering the country last year for being disrespectful to Immigration Officers.
“This is done to teach these arrogant and discourteous foreigners the lesson that ours is a Sovereign Country whose authority they should respect,” he said.
Other Rude Foreigners Expelled
Moreover, in addition to the 74 “rude aliens” several more offensive foreigners were blacklisted after they left the Philippines. They were rude to Immigration Authorities in various Subport Offices.
However, an Alien blacklisted from the Philippines may request their removal from the blacklist. The foreigner my petition the BI Commissioner by citing “meritorious reasons and apologizing for his misconduct.”
[i] Press Release. (2018 February 06) “BI Turns Back 74 Rude Aliens” Retrieved from Philippine Bureau of Immigration. http://www.immigration.gov.ph/images/News/2018_Feb/2018Feb06_BI_TurnsBack74.pdf