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Discrimination in Bali, Indonesia: Filipinos as Drug Traffickers/Mules/Couriers
Just a quick travel warning to you readers, at a time when Tutubi is mulling a visit to Bali, Indonesia, he read about the traumatic and experience of Chyng Reyes at the hands of Immigration officials and airport police in Bali, Indonesia who were subjected to body checks just by being Filipinos.
It's a sad fact that some Filipinos, in the guise of OFWs, try to moonlight as drug traffickers, popularly known as drug mules or drug couriers, just to earn "easy" money.
Those few Filipinos are making it hard for other Filipinos by making other nations, this time Indonesians, generalizing all Filipinos (or beautiful Filipinas) as drug mules/couriers.
This has to stop...
For now, do not go to Bali, Indonesia. Boycott your Bali vacation until they take notice and stop discriminating Filipinos.
Lastly, the government should not try to intervene whenever Filipinos are on death row for drug trafficking, drug mules/couriers. Those few are law breakers who're fully aware of the consequences if caught. How come those people don't know they're carrying illegal drugs when they're given huge sums of money just by carrying it to a foreign country? Some even go to the extent of ingesting them or hiding in their private parts.
Those few drug mules are giving all Filipinos a bad name!
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I agree with you its an ever increasing problem and one the government should be proactive in "arresting" people before they leave the Philippines in the first place. Introduction of things like sniffer dogs at airports would help reduce couriers as not all carry drugs internally. At the same time I get discriminated just as much for being a white British person going back to the UK get searched EVERY TIME yet everyone else wonders past. First I am a male travelling alone (i go to UK to work) secondly coming from the Philippines but above those two reasons the number one is being a British national as British Customs pick out searches mainly on British people to avoid being seen as racist. Even though they are actually being racist to their own nationals.
Ah, our TV stations even glamorized being victims of illegal recruiter when we should know you can't earn easy money unless it is illegal or immoral... So do our politicians.. how come they do not make warnings instead for Pinoy OFW's not to accept any 'padalas'? There is no excuse for ignorance on matters like that.
jon, TV is like reading tabloids, sensationalism without educating the public. even soap operas tend to mock readers' intelligence (or if philippine tv audiences are ignorant if not stupid with stupid plots and "sablay" executions)
I do also believe drug mules should be punished can you imagine that some OFWs are carrying kilos of illegal drugs and when they got caught they seek the help of our government as if they were innocent or victimized c'mon.
Me and my sister just recently visited Bali last week. We also suffered discrimination from them. We are at the custom area lined up to hand over the paper until this guy saw my passport and asked me where we from and I answered him back that we are from Philippines. He asked us to step aside, checked our passport many times and called one officer and did paraffin test. It was really traumatic since we are a frequent traveler and its our first time to experience that. We argued with them, and they told us that it was just a normal day. Until they got a negative result that was the only time they released us.
in vietnam filipinos also involved in drugs trade.believe me compared to the vietnam customs vc:-) the balinese are less worse.bali lives off ozzies japanese europeans tourists.there s no direct flight to manilla lets keep it like that