5,146 foreigners barred from PH last year – BI

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MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration said it had barred 5,146 foreigners from entering the country last year, most because they were seen as likely to become public charges or had doubtful purposes.

Port operations division chief Marc Red Mariñas said exclusion orders were also issued to convicted sex offenders, improperly documented aliens, and passengers who were rude and disrespectful towards immigration officers.

The bulk of barred foreigners, 4,4511, were intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, 334 wee stopped at Cebu, another 112 at Kalibo, and 11 at Clark.

Close to half — 2,168 — were Chinese. Others included 295 Indians, 190 Americans, 183 Koreans and 120 Vietnamese.