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Foreigners must know their limitations

  • Written by Itchie G. Cabayan
  • Published in Opinion
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AS the impending deportation of Australian missionary Patricia Fox continues to stir controversy, foreigners staying in the country must learn something from this development, particularly the rules governing their stay and which they must follow to the letter.

Before leaving her post as spokesperson of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) -- I heard she had accepted an invitation to join an international organization which is her dream job -- Atty. Ma. Antonette Mangrobang furnished me a copy of the bureau’s ‘Operations Order No. SBM-2015-025’ titled, ‘PROHIBITION ON FOREIGN TOURISTS IN ENGAGING IN POLITICAL ACTIVITIES IN THE PHILIPPINES.’

Notably, said order was approved and signed by then Department of Justice Secretary Leila M. de Lima on July 3, 2015.

It cited that the BI received reports of foreigners joining, interfering and undermining political activities in the Philippines and as such, states that ‘foreign tourists in the Philippines are not entitled to all the rights and privileges granted to the citizens of the Philippines, specifically the exercise of political rights which are inherently exclusive to Filipino citizens.’

The same order said that ‘pursuant to the commissioner’s rule-making authority under Commonwealth Act No. 613, Section 3, foreign tourists in the Philippines are enjoined to observe the limitation on the exercise of their political rights during their stay in the Philippines.

Foreign tourists are prohibited from engaging in any political activity as defined by law and jurisprudence, such as but not limited to, joining, supporting, contributing or involving themselves in whatever manner in any rally, assembly or gathering, whether for or against the government. Those who violate the provision of this Circular shall be subject to deportation proceedings under Section 37(a)(7) of Commonwealth Act No. 613, as amended.

In revoking her missionary visa and ordering her to leave the Philippines, the BI said that the visa granted her only the privilege to engage in missionary work and not in political activities and that she may still enter and leave the country as tourist despite the forfeiture of her visa which was due to expire on September 5 this year. The BI also deactivated her alien certificate of registration.

Fox had claimed that the pictures showing her with the placard that bore the word, ‘Free all Political Prisoners’ which became the basis for the revocation of her visa was also part of her missionary work.

I know this will not please everybody but in my opinion, foreigners have the duty to know the limitations of their stay in the country. They cannot enjoy the privileges that citizens of this country do.

Ditto with us when we are in another country. Plain and simple.

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Muling nahalal nitong nakaraang Mayo 14 bilang Punong Barangay si Allan O. Unarse, na kaibigang tapat ng beteranong kasamang mamamahayag na si Willy Balasa at ng inyong lingkod na rin.

Sa kanyang pagkakapanalo ay napatunayang itinuturing nang isang alamat sa larangan ng serbisyo publiko si Chairman Allan bilang pinuno ng Barangay 587-A Zone 58 na matatagpuan sa kahabaan ng Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard kanto ng V. Mapa Street sa Sta. Mesa at nasasakupan ng 6th District ng Maynila.

Pasok din ang bitbit na mga barangay kagawad ni Chairman Unarse na kaniyang makakasama sa loob ng dalawang taong panunungkulan upang tugunan ang pangangailangan ng kaniyang constituents. Pasok din naman, ani kapatid na Willy, ang line-up ng mga barangay kagawad na katunggali ng grupo ng butihing Punong Barangay Allan… ’yun nga lang, ‘pasok sa banga’.

Kaya naman ipinararating ni Chairman Unarse, sampu ng kanyang mga kakamping kagawad at ng buo niyang pamilya, ang taos-pusong pasasalamat sa patuloy na suportang ipinagkakaloob ng mayorya ng kaniyang mga ka-barangay.

Kasabay nito ang pangakong mas higit na pag-iibayuhin ang matapat na paglilingkod sa nasasakupang pamayanan. Hinihimok din niya ang kanyang mga naging katunggali sa halalan na muli silang magsama-sama para sa kaayusan, katahimikan at kaunlaran ng minamahal nilang barangay.

Ani kapatid Willy, ‘nangako rin si Chairman Unarse sa kaniyang makakasamang mga bago at lumang Konsehal ng Barangay, ang suportang ipagkakaloob ni ‘Jess’ na ipamamahagi nang pantay para sa kasiyahan ni ‘Editha”, ang dalawang personalidad na naging sikreto ng matagumpay nitong pagkakaluklok muli bilang maalamat na barangay chairman’.

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Jokjok (from Jimmy Monteclaro of Pandi, Bulacan) -- DOCTOR: Ano ang problema?/ PATIENT: Kasi po dok, utot po ako nang utot every five minutes pero wala namang amoy/ DOCTOR: Umutot ka ba ngayon?/PASYENTE: Opo dok/ DOKTOR: Sige, higa na/PATIENT: Ooperahan na kita sa ilong, para maamoy mo utot mo, hayup ka! Ambaho!!!

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