If you think that immigration officer Edgar Padlan is now temporarily relieved of his post at the airport, on “floating” status, as reported, then you are all mistaken.
Edgar Padlan’s copycats are still sitting in one of the many desks of the Bureau of Immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Who is he?
Edgar Padlan was an immigration officer who allowed a foreigner to jump the line of passengers waiting to be checked in at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the afternoon of November 02, 2006. He was the man who ignored Evangeline Lourdes “Luli” Arroyo, demanded her to wait while he processes the lane-cutting foreigner’s papers, scolded Ms. Arroyo by saying “Don’t you know how to wait?”! in addition, questioned Ms. Arroyo why she was on the VIP lane. Please see this INQ article.
After the “Luli” incident, now comes my story that is almost similar to that of the first daughter’s experience but this time with the thousand OFW’s who arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport yesterday afternoon, November 3, 2006 from Dubai through the Emirates Airlines flight EK332 which unfortunately included me.
We were all falling in line in counters nine and ten when suddenly the family of celebrities, Ruffa Gutierrez, the mother, the father, her child with a maid suddenly came out from nowhere behind the lines, escorted by an immigration officer, went directly to the open counters 9 and 10.
These celebrity family came out of the airport with no hassle, no falling in line, no problem and very much a VIP.
While thousands of us fellow, poor, unknown Overseas Filipino Worker, the so-called faceless modern-day hero (Bagong Bayani) had to endure the long lines and had to wait patiently until our turn to face the immigration officer, these celebrity family were arrogant as if being a celebrity gave them the right to be treated as VIP’s while we normal Filipino people deserve to fall in line.
We could not do anything but watch with awe and anger seeing this injustice accorded us at that time. I and the hundreds and thousands of poor, lowly OFW’s who were not star-struck by these celebrities could not help but be mad by the acts committed by both the immigration officer and these celebrity family.
To the immigration officer who accorded them VIP treatment:
What heroism have these celebrity family done to our country or what notable contribution have they done to the economy to deserve these royalty-type treatment.
To Ruffa Gutierrez, Eddie Gutierrez, and Annabelle Rama:
Who gave you the right to ignore the line and act as if you are different from anyone of us? What heroism has anyone of you done to this country? Have you contributed to the economy more billion dollars than we (OFW’s) have?
What kind of Filipinos are you?
Kung tunay kayong pamilyang Pinoy, dapat marunong kayong gumalang sa karapatan at pagkatao ng kapwa nyo Pinoy. Wag ninyo sasabihin sa akin na ibinigay sa inyo ang pabor na ito at hindi nyo hiniling. Dapat tinanggihan ninyo dahil wala kayong karapatan.
Kung sabagay, iba ang takbo ng isip nyo at isipan ko.
Immigration Commissioner Alipio Fernandez and Mr. Ferdinand Sampol, BI-NAIA head supervisor
Why is this happening? Are you blind?
Having seen these things happen through my narrow and small eyes, I have come to the realization that:
– A new hero (BAGONG BAYANI) in this country has no match with the non-law abiding and arrogant family of celebrity.
– This country of ours is like a big bad soap opera.
Please check this post of Lani – Serbisyo Publiko at Paumanhin
Many of you would ask and wonder why at the time this incident is happening, why I have not protested? My answer is that I am nobody in the immigration officer’s eye, was very tired from a long trip and was so mad at that time. I am afraid that I would not be able to control myself if my blood started to heat up. However, I promised myself that I would do something about it. Therefore, here is it.
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