Ok here is a tale of woe. Last time I was in The Philippines I was involved in an airport incident at Clark International Airport.
I had invited my current Filipina girlfriend to Thailand for four days.
When we arrived at the airport and checked in, we proceeded to immigration for processing.
I went first and after getting my passport stamped, I waited for my friend to pass through processing point. I took a seat just behind the counter as she got processed. To my surprise they took her aside and asked her fill out the answers to a bunch of questions.
After that she was interviewed by another senior immigration officer who was seemingly dissatisfied with her answers, and so he sent her over to another Immigration officer.
I could see something was wrong and so I approached the desk where the interview was taking place, but I was blocked by a security guard who tried to usher me through to the departure gate.
I told him I am waiting for my friend who I pointed out to him.
After another twenty minutes my friend came to me with a sad look on her face and told me that Philippine immigration would not allow her to go.
She also told me that she was asked to pass on a message to me, which was, if I make any fuss or complaint, the immigration officer who last interviewed her would blacklist me and I would not be allowed to re-enter The Philippines.
I asked my friend why she was refused departure and she said that they decided she didnâ€™t have enough funds to cover the four days. She told them that I was the one who was covering all the expenditure but they didnâ€™t want to accept that.
Managing to quell my temper, I approached the desk of the immigration officer and asked as politely as I could if I have a word.
I sat and explained to her that the hotel was prepaid and breakfast included and that I had plenty of cash on me.
The female immigration officer then deviated from the financial arrangements and proceeded to give me a different set of reasons why my friend could not join me.
This what she said to me.
My friend has to obtain and present to them either a certificate of annulment or legal separation document from her estranged husband.
We both would have to attend a â€œ higher morals courseâ€ and present a certificate of completion to them.
Thirdly. I would have to show them a fiancÃ©e visa or my application for a fiancÃ©e visa ..
All this just to take my friend out of her own country for a four day holiday to Thailand.
Have you ever heard of anything so ridiculous in your life?