ALLLLLRRRIIIIGHHHTTTY!!! You’ve been here for a while…you thought you had a handle on just how idiotic this place is. You may have even found that “safe space” in your head that helps you tolerate the Moron Parade that goes by every day of the week around here.
Sorry. You were wrong. In typical fashion around here, it only gets worse. The Philippines truly is the gift that keeps on giving…let’s see the next chapter, shall we?
Recently, some journalists in Hong Kong were..well…doing their jobs. They were pressing PNoy, who was attending some BS summit in HK where nothing actually gets done, about why the Philippines hasn’t made amends for the fucked up way they handled the HK hostage crisis in 2009. Despite what the Filipinos think, it’s a big ticket item for Hong Kong residents. Your people get killed because some monkeys with guns are a bunch of untrained gooks with no clue how to handle a traffic stop, let alone a hostage crisis, you might be a little miffed when the idiots that got your people killed act like they’re not responsible and don’t give a shit.
In any event, they pressed and demanded answers…like every other journalist on the planet. They even persisted inside the summit, having the same access as other reporters there. What makes this different is that, months later, they get a letter saying they’ve been “blacklisted” permanently from the Philippines.
SAY WHAT!??! Ok, that’s pretty bad. Even I have to admit that. It’s bad enough that you have the reputation as the world’s most dangerous place for journalists, but now you’re blacklisting the ones that ask you the questions you don’t want to answer? WAAAH!
But I did promise this gets worse, didn’t I? I mean, I didn’t honestly think that that alone would surprise you. So here’s where it gets fun. Some people have had the balls to question whether or not the Philippines can even do that. Here is what the Bureau Of Immigration has to say on it:
According to Atty. Elaine Tan, BI spokesperson, the agency on March 29, 2001 issued Memorandum Order No. ADD-01-005, which lists grounds for which foreign nationals may be excluded or disallowed entry into the country.She noted that one of the grounds, anchored on the interest of public safety, is when a foreign national shows disrespect or makes offensive utterances to symbols of Philippine authority.Tan added that a foreign national who is proven to possess grounds for exclusion is likewise included in the blacklist.“We have close coordination with local law enforcement agencies and counterparts abroad to ensure that no undesirable foreign national enters, or remains in the country, as the case may be,” the BI official said in a statement.Such agencies include the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), whose assessments are afforded more weight as they are considered to be in a better position to verify the information.