MANILA - At least 133 foreigners were barred from entering the country last year for being rude and disrespectful, the Bureau of Immigration said Sunday.
Data from the bureau showed that Chinese nationals topped the list with 37 visitors who were rude to immigration personnel, followed by Americans with 25 and Koreans with 23.
"They were also placed in our immigration blacklist of undesirable aliens, thus they are banned from re-entering the country," said Immigration Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina.
The bureau noted that the number recorded in 2018 was slightly higher than the 129 rude and disrespectful foreigners they listed in 2017.
Medina reminded foreigners that their entry and stay in the country is a privilege and not a right, and that they are not allowed to verbally abuse immigration officers.
Immigration Spokesperson Dana Sandoval stressed the bureau has been strictly implementing a policy to ban foreigners who exhibit arrogance or make offensive utterances against officers.
"While we have been instructed to observe maximum tolerance, arrogant and discourteous foreigners are sent back and blacklisted," she said.
The agency barred more than 3,500 foreigners from entering the country in 2018.