Not treated like VIPs

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 December, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 December, 1994, 12:00am

I AM a frequent traveller to Ninoy Aquino Airport in Manila and am concerned about the treatment received by Filipino workers who are returning home from overseas jobs.

This is how customs officials work: To avoid delay and to stop an official searching my luggage piece by piece, it is necessary to insert 100 to 200 pesos in my passport and hand it to the person behind the counter. This ensures my luggage is not touched.

As soon as you reach the general arrivals area, people rush to give you a hand. They push your trolley a few steps away from you and then ask for a tip. They are not satisfied with anything less than 40 pesos.

So much for the VIP treatment promised by President Fidel Ramos! I suggest that President Ramos has a closer look at how overseas workers are really treated.