The Bureau of Immigration of the Philippines has come up with an ingenious plan… to use the methodology of Nazi Germany to weed out “undesirable elements”.
It seems the BI is encouraging anyone to report their fellow man, foe or enemy that may or may not be behind on their immigration payments.
One only has to text the name of the foreigner, with their address and the name of the informant. The ease of access is something unique seeing as the Philippines is filled wall to wall with said offenders. But that reality is not related to white skin, some of the biggest offenders in this country do not even have a birth certificate as many are Malaysian, Indonesian, Indian and more and have lived here for so long their lives are part of this country.
The United States recently gave an estimated 200,000 illegal Filipinos in the country a free pass to stick around and get driving licence, health insurance and a host of other goodies. But the Philippines has decided to put that in the hands of its citizens, leaving them to report, play police and otherwise create and game of “I got you” in a society in-bedded in Christian beliefs.
Frankly the Bureau of Immigration, if fully funded, churning hundreds of million of pesos a year, but they in fact have turned their job over to citizen ‘x.’
Recently, the United Nations warned the Philippines of its continued corruption issues and has threatened to cut off the supply of assistance it gives to this country.
In realistic aspect, isn’t that exactly what is happening here? Turning their own society who sells their souls on election day for 1,000 peso, and now while they stand in line to vote they can also churn another 2,000 peso and take a crack-pot-shot at reeling in the peso fortune that simply vanishes in hours or days of the nightly celebration.
I suppose if that said same citizen votes for his 1,000 peso fortune, hits on an overstay foreigner for 2,000 and pulls over a smoke belching truck on the way home (also a pending law in the Philippines) then their daily take for sure will be somewhere around 18,000 pesos – not bad for an impoverished country and those willing to risk, life, limb and pesos to get that cherished pair of slippers and take the family out to Jollibee and more.
If this is a society clambering to reach the stars in the 21st century, then by all means that takes forward thinking in a world of reality situations. Just think if they put this into law in America… NAIA would have 200,000 more people pass through its gates this year alone, many in handcuffs no doubt.
Let’s take that reality a bit further and say the UK, France, Spain, all of Europe, Australia, etc, all put forward the same motion… then at least half a million Filipinos would be on their way home.
In saying the BI doesn’t seem to want to do more than push papers and pretend to pass laws that are basically worthless in many aspects, yet now, they themselves cannot implement those laws – they decide to turn to the very people of the Philippines that would sell out their life changing votes for 1,000 peso, to see where that might lead them.
To add insult to injury let’s take foreigner-on-foreigner hostilities which run rampant in the Philippines. From relationships, bad press, chizmosa and a stash of other issues within the expat communities – the simplistic demise of a system gone wrong is horrendous.