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Mr. Taylor Kitsch, “Hello!” from the Philippines

By admin On March 2, 2012 Under Bureau of Customs, Governance, Philippines and the Filipinos

It is with seriousness that I take into account the story related by Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch in an interview in the Late Show with David Letterman. As soon as it came to my attention, I immediately conducted an inquiry into his allegation.

My concern stems from the fact that such an allegation not only puts the Bureau of Customs (which I head) in a bad light but the country as well. For the past five months, I have been trying to reverse the negative image of the BOC, so incidents like this undermine those efforts.

Of course, the first thing I did was to watch the interview of Mr. Kitsch, since it was his direct narration of what happened. Mr. Kitsch described his experience as he arrived in the Philippines on board a flight from Japan. As he went through the arrival process, he described being called by an officer and told that he would be sent back to Japan, on the basis that his passport did not have enough space for the officer’s stamp.

Mr. Kitsch even described the scenario in detail, saying that “everyone was smoking, the oscillating fan there” while he was being questioned. He said that he was repeatedly told that he would be sent back to Japan. Later on, he said that he had to prove that he is an actor by showing a video of his movie from his iPhone.

It was at that point, he claimed, that the officer said, “can you get me one of those?”. Indeed, that is behavior that should not be tolerated. It was that which compelled me to conduct an inquiry, with the objective of disciplining or penalizing the officer.

Before I proceed with my findings, I think it’s best for the reader to watch the interview :

My findings:

1. Immediately after watching the interview, I noticed that what he was describing was an arrival process that was not within the mandate and function of the Bureau of Customs. It is not within the scope of work of Customs to ask for a traveler’s passport to put a stamp on it; and it is definitely not within the authority of Customs to send a passenger back on a flight outside the country and deny entry into the Philippines.

The Bureau of Customs is mandated to prevent the entry of contraband and the collection of Duties and Taxes for imported articles. A passenger is required to fill up a Customs Declaration Form and if he is carrying taxable items, he is supposed to indicate them in the form and submit it to the Customs officer as he goes out of the airport. If there is a declared taxable item, the Customs officer assesses the item and the passenger pays the Duty and Tax. In that process, the passport is not handled and definitely not stamped by a Customs officer.

Judging by the story of Mr. Kitsch, he most likely had been interacting with an Immigration officer. As with any international travel, a foreigner entering a country is first asked to present his passport for proper identification and verification by the immigration officials, for checking the visa, if required and for stamping of the entry date and allowed length of stay in the country.

In some cases, a traveler is denied entry by Immigration for various reasons—an expired passport or visa, a travel ban, suspicion of criminal or terrorist involvement, human trafficking, and others. If a traveler is banned from entering, he is deported, that is, sent on the next flight out to his origin. And that is the job of Immigrati0n.

2. Looking further into the story of Mr. Kitsch, I inquired with our NAIA Customs Office for records of Mr. Kitsch’s declaration form, just to be sure. If he had submitted a declaration form, then I would have reviewed the CCTV footage of his arrival, to verify his story and determine the personnel involved. But there was no declaration submitted.

3. Next, our BOC office checked the manifests of flights coming into Manila. Since Mr. Kitsch said he came in from Japan, he could have arrived only via NAIA 1, where most international flights come in, or NAIA 2 where PAL flights arrive. There was no record in the airline manifests of his arrival. My check with other sources revealed that he had a flight from Tokyo to New York last February 12, 2012. So his travel period would have been before that date.

4. I coordinated with the Bureau of Immigration to check their records for the entry of Mr. Kitsch. After a thorough search, Immigration did not find an arrival entry for Mr. Kitsch. Thinking that he might have had a different name in his passport and Taylor Kitsch was a screen name, I checked with US authorities and they confirmed that the name on his passport was Taylor Wade Kitsch, born April 8, 1981. In fact, he is a Canadian citizen.  A simple internet search revealed the same information.

5. Information from well meaning netizens showed that the Oliver Stone film “Savages”, which Mr. Kitsch was said to be shooting, had its location shooting in Indonesia. The website, http://aaronjohnson.org/category/savages/, did not make any mention about the film having location shoots in the Philippines.

And observing the mania brought about by the Bourne Legacy shoot, the arrival of Mr. Kitsch in Manila, much more a shoot directed by Oliver Stone, wouldn’t have escaped the vigilant media and the star-struck Hollywood movie fans. But there was no news whatsoever of Mr. Kitsch’s Manila arrival.

6. I have yet to receive another piece of evidence that I asked for, but based on the foregoing, I feel confident that Mr. Kitsch was mistaken in saying that his bad experience during his travel was in the Philippines. While some say that it was Mr. Letterman who mentioned the Philippines, the fact is that Mr. Kitsch did not correct the TV host when he said, “…at the same time, you were making a film in the Philippines..” to which Mr. Kitsch immediately said, “oh yeah!”.

With regard to that additional piece of evidence, I am referring to a working visa that the Bureau of Immigration would have issued him if he indeed, was shooting in the Philippines. After all, he did say in his interview that he had a working visa which he alleged that the airport officer did not give notice to. Most likely, I will get feedback from the Bureau of Immigration after the weekend.

If Mr. Kitsch’s story is correct, it seems that he was mistaken with regard to the agency to which the officer was connected to. In the United States, customs and immigration services have since been combined after Sept 2011, when the Department of Homeland Security was created. Under that department, the US Customs and US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) were combined to form the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which people simply called Customs.

In the Philippines, we have retained the separate and distinct services, the Bureau of Customs under the Department of Finance and the Bureau of Immigration under the Department of Justice.

But what is becoming more apparent is that Mr. Kitsch was mistaken with regard to the country he was talking about. Not having a record of his visit here and his film having a shoot in another country only means his story lacks the factual basis.

Unfortunately, the damage was done. People immediately reacted negatively to the BOC without giving the benefit of an inquiry into the basis of what the foreign actor was saying. Perhaps it is due to the incidents in the past that have plagued the agency. Perhaps people have heard too many horror stories from passengers passing through our airports.

But I guarantee the public that I will not tolerate such behavior. I have constantly conveyed to my fellow workers in the Bureau of Customs our need to rehabilitate our image and the only way to do it is for us to act in a manner worthy of the people’s respect. If incidents like that occur, I am sure to immediately look into it and act correspondingly. Discipline those who err and commend those who do good.

In the meantime, Mr. Kitsch, perhaps you can help us redeem our lost pride. Not just my agency, but my country as well.

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58 Comments Add yours

  1. Hundun
    March 2, 2012
    8:32 pm

    good job comm for the quick and thorough investigation! Did find as well that he has website and though its under construction, the publicist’s info is there and so is his e-mail address taylor@taylorKitsch.com

  2. eRLyN
    March 2, 2012
    8:58 pm

    good thinking in conducting an investigation sir. hope all public officials are as vigilant as you are. :)

  3. habal-habal
    March 2, 2012
    8:59 pm

    Sir Ruffy,

    Thank God, you are in the BOC.
    Looking forward that with your leadership,
    matatangal ang mga bulok sa BOC at palitan ng mga bagong matitino..
    gawa po kayo ng FB account sir para direct ang complaint ng mga tao sa inyo.

    Thanks and God Bless your leadership

  4. KUMAGCOW
    March 2, 2012
    9:28 pm

    FWIW Mr Biazon, I hope you also take a look at customs people in the QC post office near NIA. They kinda charge preposterous amounts for custom fees, I have seen people get their stuff there only to suffer amounts bigger than their purchase. If I didn’t insist on telling them the shoes my brother sent from Ireland was second hand and a gift (of which it is, and he kinda threatened me saying my shoes were expensive) I could have suffered the same fate. I hope you can do something about it. The guy there doesn’t even have manners to tell you honestly. The lady before me was crying over a cosmetic package from France, she was charged 1500 after a ton of haggling.

    • Cheryl
      March 4, 2012
      2:32 am

      Last week, I bought something online for 3,000 pesos.. I was charged 6,626 pesos by customs, insisting that the market value for the item I bought is 9,000 pesos.. I even showed them the Western Union receipt for the 3,000 pesos I sent the merchant, and the package came with an invoice stating the same amount.. :(

      It’s the customs officer for RAF.. she’s heartless..

      The ones at EMS (Pasay) are better.. if you can prove that you only paid for a certain amount, they’ll charge you accordingly..

      • Anonymous
        March 5, 2012
        9:04 pm

        Is there a connection with regards to Mr. Taylor’s lying in the world?

        kakaloka huh!;}

  5. Anonymous
    March 2, 2012
    9:30 pm

    Good job sir

  6. ruby
    March 2, 2012
    9:34 pm

    I can clear this confusion up quite easily. The cast of Savages (including Taylor Kitsch) was in Bali, Indonesia in mid-to-late-January 2012 doing additional shoots. Here are the photos and retelling of the trip with dates and details.

    http://www.balifilm.com/OliverStone_Savages.html

    Here is what I think happened. Talk show hosts in America are ONLY allowed to ask questions that the actors’ publicists have either approved or (usually) suggested themselves ahead of time. The actors know what’s going to be asked and prepare responses ahead of time, as well. This makes the interview go smoother and avoids any embarrassment for either the host or the guest.

    What I think almost certainly happened here is that Mr. Kitsch was already prepared to talk about his trip to Bali and simply didn’t catch that Letterman misspoke and said “The Philippines” instead. Letterman is the one who misspoke, and Kitsch just didn’t hear him. Probably chalk it up to nerves.

    In any case, you are correct that he was talking about an entirely different country.

    • almightyBong
      March 6, 2012
      12:08 pm

      Thank God, somebody watched the video. We’re quick to judge people based on what they say but not on the circumstance. I had to watch the video twice to check if Mr. Kitsch indeed made a reference to “The Philippines”, and he didn’t say it once. I agree, it was Mr. Letterman who made a reference to the Philippines. We are committing the very same mistake we alleging Mr. Kitsch to have committed.

      This concerns me because his film, John Carter, is about to get released here in the Philippines come March 9, 2012. We know how Filipinos become sensitive to matters like this and the last thing this movie needs is news like this. A lot of people already don’t know about the film, this is just going to be an unnecessary bad publicity for the film.

      We were too concerned about what was said but we also failed to check the circumstance.

  7. Mami rache
    March 2, 2012
    10:05 pm

    Amen!

    Good job Sir Ruffy!

    Sana lahat ng taga Customs ay tulad nyo.

    Mabuhay!

  8. Anonymous
    March 2, 2012
    10:14 pm

    God bless you Sir!

  9. brdavidjr
    March 2, 2012
    10:33 pm

    Someone should write the Letterman show for clarification of this shameful matter.

    • dante
      March 3, 2012
      4:27 pm

      these illiterate Americans, they don’t know what they are saying or writing.

  10. brdavidjr
    March 2, 2012
    10:37 pm

    I don’t recall any oscillating fans in the immigration area at NAIA. I also haven’t seen anyone smoking there. Clearly he was not at NAIA.

  11. D. Schrute
    March 2, 2012
    10:55 pm

    Thanks for clearing things up so quickly. I am also impressed that you answer queries and reply to people on Twitter. Keep up the good work! :)

  12. JVSingson
    March 2, 2012
    11:08 pm

    You have a gargantuan task in this agency but I truly believe in your leadership, Sir Ruffy.

  13. Homer Dee
    March 2, 2012
    11:10 pm

    Kudos to Biazon for acting on this promptly, in a fair, rational and decent manner. That we actually make a big fuss of it means such is just so rare in the Philippines.

    Having said that, ANA flies to the Philippines and docks at the NAIA3, the only non-Filipino airline to do so. But then again, we’re reasonably certain it wasn’t in Manila.

  14. Homer Simpson
    March 2, 2012
    11:53 pm

    It just shows, that your your more capable of running the bureau of fire protection rather than the BOC. Fighting fire is different from running a system.

    Look at the cycle, posts are fore sale, paid posts are reimbursed through illegal means ergo all your media propaganda are futile

    Ask your gay depcom how much does it cost for a basic administrative assistant position?

    *Sigh* I pity you sir, I pray for you always, but most of the time I pray that you be as strong willed as your Dad.

    politics is so gay my dear leader…

  15. concerned citizen
    March 3, 2012
    12:01 am

    Great job on the prompt investigation on this matter Mr. Biazon! We need more people like you in the gov’t! Meanwhile, something should be done on the David Letterman show re: Taylor Kitsch’s interview. They must publicly apologize and amend the information that it was NOT the Phils. but should be INDONESIA instead. A minute or two of public apology on his show can save a lifetime’s worth of dignity for our country!

  16. Judy
    March 3, 2012
    12:17 am

    The one thing I’d like to know is “Is Taylor in any “legal” trouble over this incident?”

  17. yvettey
    March 3, 2012
    1:20 am

    Kudos, Sir, for that thorough investigation! I hope you never tire in your vigilance.

  18. Noypi
    March 3, 2012
    1:49 am

    The guy should enlighten us if it happened in the Philippines or Indonesia.

    I would have to agree that if such big production is being set here, the local media should have known.

    Looking forward to read an update on this.

    Great post, by the way…

  19. Rapture
    March 3, 2012
    1:57 am

    I plan to watch john carter in cinema but because of this, he is not even worth a single byte of my bandwith even in torrent hahaha

    • almightyBong
      March 6, 2012
      1:08 pm

      This is just an immature reaction and action towards the incident. What you’re planning to do is neglecting a work of hundreds, maybe even thousands of people, just because one person made a mistake. We Filipinos shouldn’t be like this. It’s embarassing, to be honest, that we are so conservative and sensitive about remarks like this. The comment made by Mr. Kitsch was intended for another country where he was and it was an honest mistake. Don’t you guys make mistakes?

      And to be honest, even if it was something that was said about our country, you can’t deny the fact that there are indeed a lot of sectors in our government, maybe not BOC, but other sectors that fit his description.

  20. Eric
    March 3, 2012
    3:29 am

    Mr Biazon, you should be commended for writing such a thoughtful, thorough and professional response to Taylor Kitsch’s apparent mistake. You didn’t go on the offense or say anything aggressive or emotional (which would have damaged the reputation of your agency). Reasonable people reading your entry should be convinced that the actor was not referring to the Philippines. I only hope Mr Kitsch will publicly issue a correction.

  21. Anonymous
    March 3, 2012
    4:22 am

    Who the hell is Taylor Kitsch?

    • ipena
      March 3, 2012
      9:40 am

      exactly…who is he?

    • J
      March 3, 2012
      1:26 pm

      He’s an actor from the Emmy-award winning American TV show, “Friday Night Lights”.

      And he’s Canadian. :)

    • jcabo
      March 5, 2012
      9:16 pm

      … that is the point… who the hell is he???

      If he is a Canadian Actor… sooo what?

  22. Norma Amba
    March 3, 2012
    5:29 am

    This episode doesn’t end until Taylor Kitsch, himself, clarifies the facts, While “Philippines” did not come from his mouth but from David Letterman and apparently Taylor did not catch the error, I hope every effort would be done for Taylor to be in the loop. Not unless he admits the unfortunate misrepresentation for the BOC in particular and the Philippines in general, should we put this case to rest. Let us work hard for the truth. God bless and good luck, Commissioner. Good work, so far.

  23. Regnard Raquedan
    March 3, 2012
    6:01 am

    Hello!

    First of all, I found the clip funny (without knowing of the account was accurate or not) but I think it’s my twisted perception of Customs.

    The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has earned a reputation for being corrupt and graft-ridden (but of course, you can argue that the reputation is fair or not) that it is a source of humor, with this clip adding to the canon of BOC anecdotes that Filipinos are already aware of.

    That said, after reading this post, there is evidence that points towards an error in David Letterman’s facts.

    But I’d like to play devil’s advocate here: By disproving this error, how much do you think will this erase the reputation BOC has earned for itself?

  24. yet andin
    March 3, 2012
    8:57 am

    Regardless of who screwed up, apologies are in order not only to the men and women of the Customs and Immigration Bureau but to the Filipino People as well. Both Kitsch and Letterman should apologize because they not only committed to the mistake, they also failed to correct it. Good on you Commissioner for your vigilance.

    If no apologies are made i soon, i say that we declare Kitsch a ‘persona non grata’ and ban/boycott the showing of his films, present and future. As for Letterman, we stop airing/watching his show!

    • almightyBong
      March 6, 2012
      1:15 pm

      As I have said in previous posts, banning oy boycotting his films is just plain overreacting and immature. We are talking about a work made by hundreds, if not thousands of people, not just one actor. People make mistakes. Have you never ever committed mistakes? Ask for apology if you will but ban/boycott his films? That’s just absurd.

  25. Sir Angelo Udaundo
    March 3, 2012
    9:12 am

    wha! hello! Apparently, Mr. Letterman had the mistake first…he thought they shoot the film in the PH. I think, Mr Kitsch don’t know where he was. that’s funny! ‘oh yeah!!’

    I agree and believe that the shoot wasn’t here in the country. Since there’s no news from the tv or even newspapers that there will be shooting here from abroad.

    Therefore, I conclude that this is totally a huge mistake.

    Good job for this clarifications. this is worth reading.

    Am relieved. ( :

    Keep up the good job BOC Commissioner Ruffy! ( :

  26. ipena
    March 3, 2012
    9:39 am

    very nice sir. i appreciate officials like you, like the previous post, hope that everyone in the government is like you.

    well, mr. kitsch just showed that indeed, he’s a savage. this attitude should not be tolerated. hindi niya lang pinagmukhang madumi and pilipinas, ginawa nya pang tanga at bobo ang ating mga officials. sad……

  27. Benny
    March 3, 2012
    10:27 am

    thank you for this sir ruffy. we appreciate what you’re doing for BOC.

    on a related topic, i hope you can do something about the horror stories coming out from Customs on how they charge duties and taxes. a lot of people are still not aware of importation taxes that’s why they are surprised if they are heavily taxed for items/gifts sent from abroad.

    here’s a blog: http://www.calvinshub.com/2009/09/fedex-and-the-insane-philippines-customs-taxes/ having hundreds of comments from people recounting the things they encountered from customs including corrupt officers.

  28. Anonymous
    March 3, 2012
    1:05 pm

    Thorough investigation but it seems you may have forgotten that ANA from Japan uses the NAIA Terminal 3.

  29. reyreygoaway
    March 3, 2012
    1:35 pm

    redeem BOC’s lost pride? even before this interview, your BOC already has lost it’s pride! BOC= Bureau of Corruption!

  30. Pepe Torres
    March 3, 2012
    2:16 pm

    I admire your leadership and how in touch you are. You give us inspiration that there’s hope for for Filipino leaders in government service. All the best and we will help the BOC in whatever way we can.

  31. opangan
    March 3, 2012
    3:57 pm

    I applaud the efforts of your agency to improve our image by not tolerating behaviors described by Mr. Kitsch. This is something that we should keep on doing. However, there’s this statement that didn’t sit well with me:

    “In the meantime, Mr. Kitsch, perhaps you can help us redeem our lost pride. Not just my agency, but my country as well.

    What is this? A request? Why are we asking for help to redeem lost pride? Where’s the pride in that? If we truly believe that we are doing what we can do to make ourselves better and that we’ve given it due diligence to say that Mr. Kitsch made a mistake, we should demand that he make a statement to retract and correct his mistakes. That at least is something we deserve.

  32. DS
    March 3, 2012
    5:11 pm

    As much as I’d love to agree and condemn Taylor. It is a known widely known, although often times Covered up, that some (take note, I said some) officials simply haven’t given up the ways of Old for the new simply honest road.

    We all cannot deny that there still some people working in NAIA who love harrasing passengers or who pass on their bad vibes to passengers. Now, some countries do have officials like this, however, at the very least their airport somewhat compensates for this negative experience. Ours on the other hand somewhat compounds everything from a horrid arrival experience to the moment they leave the airport. Good thing we at least have the beauty of nature to somewhat alleviate their travel experience.

    Point being is simple. A lot must be done to make our airports Globally competitive. They can upgrade the facilities all they want but just as the old cliche goes, the change has to begin from within…

  33. tagalati
    March 3, 2012
    6:14 pm

    western people just like any other race can be so carelessly ignorant too.

  34. Ivan
    March 3, 2012
    9:56 pm

    Well done!!!

  35. oscar
    March 3, 2012
    10:15 pm

    Well, ask Mr Kitsch a copy of the page of his passport which he alledged was stamped “entry” in PI Airport.

  36. AlexB
    March 3, 2012
    10:19 pm

    Mr. Biazon,

    Very well written but I think you’re putting too much stock in it. First it was a David Letterman’s show, comedy/entertainment, and one shouldn’t take it seriously, all for laughs. It seems they’ve got the wrong country. The scene Kitsch describes is probably from some old movie – smoking immigration officer, ceiling fan, reminds me of Casablanca or a 50/60′s scene. I have been to a few rinky dinky airports in some parts of the world, and no smoking is strictly and universally enforced. (I’m a smoker and I should know.) All he was doing was getting paid to promote the movie, and trying to get some laughs.

    If I were you turn it around, get someone to create a you tube video, recreating the scene, and send it to Letterman. It will be a comedy scene, all for laughs, for publicity, and it will go viral. Filipinos are known to have a good sense of humour, make the most of it. As they say, if someone pokes fun at you, then at least you’re recognized and even famous.

    AlexB

  37. Bruno Yonzon
    March 4, 2012
    12:52 am

    this is one of the most professional responses i have ever encountered from a government official in a long time. my hats off to you sir.

    i’m pretty sure it was really a mistake on the part of taylor kitsch and david letterman (these interviews are actually partly scripted), but it seems there was no malicious intent apparent in the story-telling. i’m also pretty sure that parts here and there may have even been exaggerated to make for a more entertaining piece, but again not intended to shame or reprimand the flawed system they encountered, but to have a good laugh about it.

    nevertheless, i believe a simple apology may still be in order if indeed it gets proven that it happened in indonesia and not here. after all, a nation’s reputation is still on the line, even if it’s “just for laughs”. but there is no need for us to crucify the actor or tv show host either. after all, to be perfectly honest, the story is not so far-fetched from ever happening here anyway (otherwise, why would one even bother to investigate the incident, right?). HAHA!

    the great thing here is that commissioner biazon’s response is throughly explained and backed by investigative efforts and research (unlike MAJORITY of noisy sensitive Filipinos who just become defensive and respond in an outright offensive manner when slighted by words that hurt, whether truth or otherwise). and at the end of the article, the BoC chief wasn’t even indignant about what taylor kitsch said, he was more nakiki-usap na ayusin iyung nabitawang salita.:) VERY professional. i hope he sets the bar as to how professional our BoC should be. i hope he really does end up cleaning our dirty BoC (long shoot, but hey, we can always hope right?)

  38. from cebu
    March 4, 2012
    1:45 am

    Sir, investigate also your people of BOC here in Cebu, grabe kung mangikil ng pera.
    nagpadala ang ate ko ng package from australia. all 2nd hand ang laman ng box.
    psp, dslr, shirts, shoes, all second hand stuffs nya. The BOC Cebu asked us to pay a certain amount, at first it was 4,500 until it reached 9,000php. Grabe kung mangikil.
    May friend ako na nag suggest to go to his kakilala sa BOC Cebu para ma lessen ang amount.
    So pinasa pasa ako nila for 1 whole day from 9am to 5pm, until na close-an ako at 1 signature nalang ang needed. To end it up total of 2000php ang nakuha na kinikil sakin from different people of BOC Cebu. At hindi nila naibigay ang package ko. A day after nakita ko sa mall ang isang clerk na naka negotiate ko sa BOC, may dala dalang dslr pa ha… sana ma lifestyle check nyo ang mga yan at marami talaga kayong ma didiscover sa BOC.

  39. wap-browse.blogspot.com
    March 4, 2012
    6:18 pm

    ayus ang galing naman thumbs up sir!!!
    Public apology ang dapat nilang gawin at aantabayanan yan di lang ng Pilipinas kundi buong mundo.

  40. Anonymous
    March 4, 2012
    7:04 pm

    nakakahiya naman ung customs officer na un.. grabe tlga jan sa pinas.. nakakahiya! manghingi ba ng iphone??… base sa interview ni tayloy, he was just telling his experience sa customs natin.. mas grabe pa nga naranasan ng ibang kababayan natin.. tatamper ng customs passport para lng makakuha ng 45,000 pesos.. karamihan ng mga nabibiktima ung mga halatang first time lalabas ng pinas.. no need for an apology kc totoo naman na ganyan sa customs natin!!!

    • jcabo
      March 5, 2012
      9:24 pm

      ang garapal mo naman pare!!! nakakapagtagalog ka pa naman!!!

      Magpakilala ka kaya?!! Takot mo lang kaya..naka anonymous ka pa!

      Panahon na ng daang matuwid ngayon!!! Wag kang bumigay sa mga dayuhan!!!!

      Pilipinas ang pinaglalaban ng BOC natin! Tumulong ka..at wag kang umarte wala ka namang maitutulong na maganda wag ka ng dumakdak dyan ok?

  41. Ethel Obordo-Frogosa
    March 6, 2012
    12:51 pm

    Mr. Biazon,

    Great to have you at the Bureau of Customs. May God bless you with wisdom and tenacity; I trust that God will protect you daily so you may perform your job and improve the system, etc. I wish other heads of Dept. follow your example.

    all the best,
    Ethel

  42. Anonymous
    March 6, 2012
    10:23 pm

    I had the same experience in Jakarta, Indonesia. The immigration officer asked for a “gift” from me. I told him, I will just go back to Manila rather than give him a gift. Of course, I raised my voice so he didn’t have any choice but to allow me entry. My hosts were so apologetic over what happened.

  43. FilipinoCitizen
    March 7, 2012
    1:14 pm

    Good job defending our national pride.

    Now how about dealing with the corrupt customs officials? I’m sure that is of greater importance.

  44. CK
    March 9, 2012
    7:05 pm

    Kitsch (or Letterman) may have made a mistake but it doesn’t change the fact on what kind of impression our country has to the rest of the world.

    • Bryan
      March 12, 2012
      4:15 pm

      I lightly researched how bad Indonesian airports are compared to the Philippines. I didn’t find anything much about Indonesian airports, whereas our NAIA 1 is voted the worst airport by some website. Maybe we are lucky to have been mistaken for an Indonesian airport or can anyone here dispute that NAIA 1 is better than any Indonesian airport?

  45. Eric Galang
    March 22, 2012
    2:34 am

    His movie flopped big time. I guess he needs to apologize big time too to the Philippines so his future movie will make good.

  46. Roger
    May 19, 2012
    11:28 pm

    Tuwing may mapapanood o mabbalitaan akong accomplishments ng BOC nauuplift yung moral ng Filipino! sana ito na! God bless you boss Ruffy and your family and the rest of BOC staff whos joining your path to quench all those smugglers!

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