MANILA, Feb 18 (Mabuhay) –Eighteen foreign nationals were denied entry into the Philippines last year for being rude and disrespectful to immigration officers, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Wednesday.

Aside from being sent back to their port of origin, these “discourteous” foreigners were blacklisted and banned from re-entering the country, the bureau said in a statement.

“While immigration officers are instructed to exercise maximum tolerance, some foreign nationals overstep their boundaries and arrive drunk, rowdy, and unruly when they present themselves for inspection,” Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said.

“There were even some who would make derogatory statements about Filipinos or the country,” he added.

The number of foreigners turned away due to rude behavior last year was significantly lower compared to 180 aliens in 2019 and 133 in 2018. The Philippines imposed inbound travel restrictions starting March last year to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The BI excluded a total of 3,044 foreign nationals last year for various immigration violations.

The bureau’s port operations division said 532 Chinese nationals topped the list of the excluded aliens, followed by 333 Vietnamese, 247 Americans,181 Indonesians, 180 Malaysians, and 58 Myanmar nationals. South Koreans ranked sixth with 55 excluded passengers. (MNS)

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