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I like to be informed. Back in Central Illinois I would arrive at my job about an hour early, 5:30 am, just to read my morning newspaper. Nevertheless, “Boorish Foreigners Could Be Blacklisted from Philippines” was a headline I never saw.

The Daily Routine Always Started with a Newspaper

While we had a middle-aged woman deliver our daily dose of The Springfield Journal Register, the lady would occasionally be late with the delivery.

It wasn’t her fault.

Bad weather, especially during the frigid and snowy Midwest winters, would sometimes delay the newspapers from Springfield, about 25 minutes away.

Nevertheless, I knew the “paper lady’s” route. If the newspaper didn’t arrive by 5:00 am, I would navigate our Chevy Colorado to the woman’s starting point.

Yes, I was a “paper lady” stalker.

I would climb out of our pick-up truck and take the paper from the affable female, thank her, and point our Colorado to I-55 North towards Springfield, Illinois.

If by chance, I couldn’t find the paper person, I would go onto my job at AT&T. Located by our company’s front entrance was a newspaper vending machine.

I would then dial in the front door’s pass code and slip by Howard, our sleepy security guard.

The Crusty Old Expat’s Philippine’s Routine

I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OCD, by a 60-something, cigarette-smoking female shrink many years ago.

In fact, this doctor was the only psychologist who was ever able to help me with depression issues I had. Because of my OCD, I had a daily routine that I stuck to. Naturally, I have a morning routine in the Philippines.

  • Wake up around 3:00-4:00 am
  • Pee
  • Log in to my daily video game fix, “Marvel Future Fight”
  • Boil water for our two thermos in our dirty kitchen
  • Bring our Belgian Shepard “Killer” inside his outside rec room so he doesn’t bite our new domestic helper
  • Drink my cup of Good Day coffee
  • Turn on our pool pump
  • Watch the morning news with my asawa
  • Eat a bowl of corn flakes or oatmeal
  • Turn off the pool pump and clean the pool
  • Read four daily newspapers online and have my morning merienda around 8:30 am

Press Release from the Philippine Bureau of Immigration

While perusing (I’m using big words yesterday) the Philippine Bureau of Immigration website, I came across an interesting “Press Release.” (I’ll occasionally check out the BI website if I’m bored or have read all my online daily newspapers.)

A headline read: Immigration Officers told: ‘Be polite’

I haven’t read of any bullet-planting schemes at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) lately. However, this press release from the BI caught my attention.

Dont bring bullets to Hong Kong


Personally, I’ve never encountered any rude Immigration officers at NAIA. Everyone I’ve dealt with has been professional and polite.

Some BI employees, in fact, were even singing Christmas songs when I’ve been at the main airport. That said, there must be some “grinches” on duty at NAIA.

BI Officers have been instructed to be polite and courteous in dealing with passengers while they are on duty. (Nothing was said about how they should conduct themselves off-duty, however.)

Memo from the BI Officer-in-Charge

BI OIC Deputy Commissioner Marc Red A. Marinas has directed the Immigration Officers to always “exercise patience and maximum tolerance” as well as the “highest degree of restraint” towards passengers who manifest simple misbehavior that do not pose danger to public safety.

Marinas warned that any BI Officer who is a subject of a complaint for being rude shall be issued a notice to explain.

The Officer could face disciplinary action for violating the code of conduct for BI employees.

Marinas issued the warning after Immigration Commissioner Jaime H. Morente received reports that some Immigration Officers at the NAIA were allegedly rude to passengers during primary inspection.

Boorish Foreigners Could Be Blacklisted from Philippines

However, Commissioner Morente likewise reminded foreigners not to be rude during inspection.

“It is against immigration laws to disrespect symbols of the country, including Immigration Officers,” said Morente.

He said that while they instructed all personnel to exercise maximum tolerance, foreigners who continue their rude and unruly behavior may be subjected to blacklisting.

So there you have it. These BI employees are overworked and underpaid. Please show them the respect they deserve and remember we all are just guests in the Philippines.

Otherwise, you could get blacklisted and be banned from the Philippines forever.

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