MANILA The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday warned foreigners who are into drugs that they are not welcome in the Philippines.
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the warning after immigration officers barred a Swiss drug dependent from entering the country last week.
The President is keen on solving our country's drug problem. We don't need you here to give us added burden, Morente said in a statement.
According to BI Port Operations Division chief Grifton Medina, Chrystel Canitrot, 35, reportedly confessed to be a drug dependent and talked and behaved strangely upon her arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3, aboard a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong last December 6.
The BI official added that the Swiss woman appeared restless and disturbed when interviewed by immigration officers.
She could not answer basic questions, and later admitted that she is dependent on morphine. She asked that she be given morphine because she was in pain and said that she just wanted to get out of the airport, Medina said.
He added that the passenger was also uncooperative during the interview and was unable to answer questions about her travel itinerary and what she plans to do while in the country.
Canitrot declared that she is a horticulturist by profession. She allegedly came to the Philippines for a two-month stay, and reportedly only wants to go to the beach but could not specify where.
While no conclusive medical issue was found by the airport medical team, the foreigner was sent back to Hong Kong and banned from re-entering the Philippines.
We had no choice but to order her exclusion as she is likely to become a public charge, Medina said.
Canitrot reportedly told airline crew, medical staff, and immigration personnel that she is addicted to morphine, and did not react when informed that she was being sent back to her port of origin.
Morente, meanwhile, commended the immigration officers for denying entry to a suspected foreign drug user, saying even the BI is duty-bound to protect the country from people involved in such nefarious activities. (PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency