Not long ago, two Filipina fellow travel blogger friends went on a separate vacation trip outside of the Philippines. But the supposed leisure tour turned into a traumatic nightmare when they were held in the immigration offices of the respective Southeast Asian countries they went to under the insinuation that they were alleged drug traffickers.
Aside from the fact that I personally know that they are not in such trade, they were presumably held under such “random” investigation because of their Filipino passports.
Check out their personal accounts of their story here:
Last weekend, broadcast media was also able to pick up their story from an uproar in social media forums on the Internet. Here is the recording of the show:
As much as immigration offices might deny, such aggressive stance and racial profiling by neighboring countries might be a result of recent news developments where Filipinos were involved in drug trafficking cases. It is indeed sad news.
So what can we do?
For the common and innocent travelers like us, let us always remember to be calm during such instances, and demand that we call our local embassy to inform them that we are currently being investigated. I think that is one of the most important advise in the GMA show video above. Be safe in our travels as much as we want to enjoy it.
He is the travel blogger behind of Let's Go Sago.net. Graduating from UP Diliman with a degree in Computer Science, he is also the Managing Director of #DigitalCircles.asia engaging and amplifying social media campaigns for brands. On Mondays, he teaches information technology classes at Grace Christian College. Know more about him at JonelUy.com