Chinese nationals top immigration bureau’s list of rude foreigners barred entry for second year running

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 10) – For the second year in a row, Chinese nationals topped the Bureau of Immigration’s list of foreigners denied entry into the Philippines for being ‘rude’ and ‘disrespectful.’

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said in a statement Friday that immigration officials turned away 180 aliens in 2019, 63 of whom were Chinese. The total figure went up from 133 in 2018 and 129 in 2017.

Also on the list were Koreans, Americans, Japanese, Australians, British, Malaysians, New Zealanders, Saudi nationals, Singaporeans, Vietnamese, Germans, Hongkong nationals, Israelis and Swiss nationals, the bureau said.

These aliens were blacklisted for being “drunk, rowdy, and unruly when they presented themselves for primary inspection to immigration officers,” according to BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina.

“Others, although sober, were arrogant and discourteous. They would shout expletives, and would even make derogatory statements about Filipinos or the country,” Medina added.

Medina said that most of the ‘rude’ aliens were turned away at the international airports in Manila and Mactan, Cebu.

Morente reminded foreign visitors to the Philippines to behave properly if they do not want to be banned from entering the country.

“We thus reiterate our warning to foreigners intending to visit the Philippines that they should refrain from exhibiting bad behavior that would make them undeserving to enter our country,” he said.

Morente added, “While the officers have been instructed to observe maximum tolerance, physical and verbal abuse will not be tolerated.”

The BI explained that they are implementing a 2001 memorandum order from then BI Commissioner Andrea Domingo, which allows them to expel foreign travelers if they show impolite behavior to immigration officers.