Several months ago, I’ve heard about the fate of many Filipinos who were off-loaded because of strict immigration officers. Some who even had their documents handy were questioned. I don’t exactly understand as to why those who had their documents with them were off-loaded as well, and much worse was the fact that they were questioned. I wish the report was not true. Question those who can’t present documents but please…not those who have.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) released a statement ordering the immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to tightly screen Pinoys bound for Bangkok. There were reports about Bangkok being used as a transit point of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who wish to go to countries labeled as banned countries for deployment. Thus, the strict screening was ordered. It is a bugger for some. But looking on the brighter side, it’s a form of protecting our countrymen from countries who are at war internally.
Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. issued the order to BI Airport Operations Division acting chief Lina Andaman Pelia, after learning that many travelers off-loaded at the NAIA in recent months were bound for Bangkok and were profiled to be “tourist workers.”
“Tourist workers” are undocumented OFWs who attempt to leave the country as tourists. (Italicized words were quoted from pinoy-ofw.com)