Our heroes-saviors triumph against Customs plan

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WORLDWIDE anger of Overseas Filipino Workers and good sense have triumphed over the plan announced by Customs Chief Bert Lina to inspect balikbayan boxes. Mr. Lina had been a bright and successful private sector businessman, so it must have been one of his assistants who cooked up the “utok Bolinao” (that’s Binisaya for “utak-dilis” or anchovy-brain) plan. He must fire that fellow right away.

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Disturbed by the reaction of OFWs all over the globe, President BS Aquino on Monday afternoon met with Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Customs Chief Bert Lina and told them to shelve implementation of the inspection of and customs duties on balikbayanboxes. Mr. Lina immediately announced in a statement that he would carry out the President’s instructions. (See “No more random inspections” The Manila Times Tuesday August 25 Page A2).

Untrustworthy Customs personnel
Random inspections would have exposed balikbayan boxes to Customs personnel whom OFWs generally view as untrustworthy government personnel who are likely to steal their gifts of shoes, clothes, canned goods and other goodies to their spouses, children and parents.

But BOC Commissioner Lina on Tuesday said the agency will seek the help of freight forwarders. “Instead of random physical inspections, we will do a mandatory X-ray examination of containers of consolidated shipments and balikbayan boxes at no cost to the sender or OFW.” He said BOC will give specifications of X-ray machines to freight forwarders who would then be required to use these in their warehouses. This, he said, would expedite the clearance of balikbayan boxes and at the same time catch contraband and smuggled goods.

It looks like this episode in the history of the BS Aquino dispensation has ended in happy note.

Nonetheless, we view it as another proof that the capacity of the BS Aquino administration to inflict misery on our people knows no limits. It will surely give us other miseries before it finally departs on June 30 next year.

We have to face this sad and implacable reality. For considering that there are at least 10 million to 11 million of these OFW economic heroes, and considering too that President Aquino is consumed by the desire to perpetuate his Liberal Party in power by winning in the 2016 elections, it should have been a cardinal rule for Aquino’s men to NEVER alienate the OFWs and their families and to ALWAYS impress them with respectful, kind and friendly attention.

That this has not happened should not surprise anyone. First, they have the Smartmatic PCOS machines,

And, also, BS Aquino from day one has shown indifference and even hostility to OFWs. Perhaps this is because OFWs are mostly ordinary Filipinos. They are not of the elite kind of people who are landlords, businessmen, industrialists and political lords, like the Cojuangcos and the Aquinos. Maybe he cannot forget that OFWs as a class of Filipinos were born of the Marcos regime (a brainchild of the greatly admired—even by PNoy’s own mother Cory and father Ninoy—Blas Ople).

This is why BS Aquino and his men, like his spokesman Edwin Lacierda, don’t believe that OFWs are saviors of our economy by constantly holding a lifeline for our nation in the form of over $25 billion in annual remittances of their hard-earned wages overseas.

That is why Mr. Lacierda can dare say, “Hindi naman sa gobyerno napupunta and ipinapadalang dolyar ng mga OFWs kaya hindi ito nararamdaman directa sa ekonomiya ng bansa.” [Dollar remittances from OFWs do not directly affect the country’s economy.”

He and his boss the President do not believe—as we do and keep on repeating in this space and in the personally bylined writings of Times editors—that this group of Filipino men and women for four and a half decades now has literally kept past governments from sinking, and is now keeping the Aquino administration afloat with their remittances.

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  1. Hindi pa tapos ang labanan sa balik-bayan boxes.. Hindi nga ito bubuksan pero ang mga freight forwarders na nagdadala ng mga ito ang siyang babanatan, dahil mukhang itataas ang tarifa ng mga containers nila. Pagnagkaganito ano ang mangyayari di tayong mga OFW din ang afectado. Siguradong tataas ang bayad sa padala ng mga balik bayan boxes. Nawa’y magising si Abnoy at walisin sa kanyang hanay ang mga tulad nina: Lacierda, Lina at si Valde na puro mga bobo. Sarili lamang ang iniintindi. Sa mga familia ng OFW, buksan ninyo ang inyong mga mata, at tulong-tulong natin na tapusin ang pamamayagpag ng mga LP members
    na baluktot pa sa Kannon Road ang kanilang programang tuwid na daan/.

  2. Hindi tapos ang labanan sa balik-bayan boxes.. Hindi nga ito bubuksan pero ang mga freight forwarders na nagdadala ng mga ito ang siyang babanatan, dahil mukhang itataas ang tarifa ng mga containers nila. Pagnagkaganito ano ang mangyayari di tayong mga OFW din ang afectado. Siguradong tataas ang bayad sa padala ng mga balik bayan boxes. Nawa’y magising si Abnoy at walisin sa kanyang hanay ang mga tulad nina: Lacierda, Lina at si Valde na puro mga BOBO. Sarili lamang ang iniintindi. Sa mga familia ng OFW, buksan ninyo ang inyong mga mata, at tulong-tulong natin na tapusin ang pamamayagpag ng mga LP members
    na baluktot pa sa Kannon Road ang kanilang programang TUWID NA DAAN.

  3. “Hindi naman sa gobyerno napupunta and ipinapadalang dolyar ng mga OFWs kaya hindi ito nararamdaman directa sa ekonomiya ng bansa.” Kaya pala pati balikbayan box pinakialaman na dahil hindi pa naramdaman. Ano na naman kaya ang susunod na gagawin nila sa OFW para maramdaman talaga?

  4. kay lina ba ang LBC?? we will campaign hard to boycott this cargo courier…..ng matauhan siya. anot pumasok sa utak nitong 2 dalawang ito?? ang abnoy na presidente at si lina buwaya?? hindi kasi kayo naniniwala na ang remittance naming OFW ay siyang sumasalo sa dollar reserves ng ating bansa…magkano na ang dollar reserves ng bansa?? sa OFW sigurado ang dollar, dahil dollar ang pinapadala namin.. Sa gobyerno ano produkto ang kinikita ay dollar?? minsan wala…dahil mahina ang marketing ng gobyerno sa abroad.. kung malakas ang ating export products, sigurado iyan. pero maliit lang percentage ng ating products for export dahil marami tayong kompetensiya. as far as i know ang electronics parts ang malakas na export ng ating bansa. dati dati ang garments malakas ang export but now no more..Sa semi conductor industry. ito ang siguradong dollar ang kita na magpapanhik ng dollar reserves ng bansa, including the remittances of OFW.. siguro nmn naintindihan ni abnormal lecierda kung saan ginagamit ng bansa ang dollar natin..BOBO… dumarami ang katulad mong bobo..

  5. “Hindi naman sa gobyerno napupunta and ipinapadalang dolyar ng mga OFWs kaya hindi ito nararamdaman directa sa ekonomiya ng bansa.”
    “Traffic is not fatal”
    “Bahala na kayo sa buhay niyo”
    “Buhay ka pa naman”
    — e di wow! Saan kayo kumukuha ng kapal ng mukha?

  6. LAcierda (Alyas Walang Kwenta) should publicly apologise for saying this “Hindi naman sa gobyerno napupunta and ipinapadalang dolyar ng mga OFWs kaya hindi ito nararamdaman directa sa ekonomiya ng bansa” or get out of the government… saying lang binabayad syo ng mga tax payers..

  7. hwag tayong matuwa agad. tingnan natin kung ano ang iuutos ni lina sa mga cargo forwarder tungkol sa pag xray ng mga boxes. hindi titigilan ni lina ang mga balikbayan boxes. napahiya sya ng sobra dito. hindi kaya magka cancer ang mga emplyedo ng mga cargo brokers and forwarders sa pag x-ray ng mga boxes? hindi biro ang x-ray. pag nasobrahan ka nito ay magkakanser ka. at dagdag gastos sa mga cargo forwarders ang pagbili ng x-ray machines. kanino nyo palagay babawiin nila ang gastos???

  8. Boycot niyo AIR21 @ LBC at sa lahat ng OFW at pamilya nila ZERO VOTE SA LP CANDIDATES sa 2016 ang sagot sa mga mayayabang na ito.

  9. Dito lang sa Pilipinas na ito – na ang Boss sa Customs(ang Lina, of course) ay sandamakmak ang mga agencia at negosyo sa forwarding and freight business….

    ngayon, sa sinabi niya na nag divest na “DAW” siya sa mga negosyo na iyan mula ng maatasan siya ng Abnoy ninyong president bilang head ng Customs….any one who buys and believes this $hit ay walang respeto sa sarili – given the nature how big businessmen and government officials alike circumvent existing laws and regs to suit their nefarious agendas – from the President himself down to his dep’tl secs and various head agencies

    Lina was asked by one media reporter if he would resign for these various issues leveled against him and the Bureau itself, – without batting an eyelash and full of arrogance and bravado – retorted” “Why should I resign?”

    Mar Roxas, continue selling your “Daang Matuwid” mantra-slogan to your Mangmang unsuspecting , innocent voters – who happened to surmise the help you are now extending to these Yolanda victims, these new PnP jeeps being distributed nationwide are the vestiges of moneymarked hijacked DAP funds – just in time for this coming elections….

  10. Wag ninyo’ng nilalalait lait ang isang LaSallista na Lacierda!!!!
    Pag pasensiyahan na ninyo,ginagawa lamang niya ang trabaho niya bilang bayaran taga pag sinungaling nang mga IDIOT diyan sa Palasyo, diyan sa mabaho’ng estero ng Pasig.

  11. Hala lagot ka na ngayon MAR ROXAS, sa kagagawan ng mga gago ninyong cabinet member at mga kasama sa ilang agencies ng inyong pamahalaan, lagot ka! Lalo kang babaon at di na ninyo mababawi ang kalokohan ninyo. Kitang kita na gahaman na kayo sa salapi at ibig ninyong magkapera pa ha?!?!? Ha ha ha ha! Ayan ang mga ginagawa ninyong kagaguhan sa mga dukha, puro mayaman lang ang inaasikaso ninyo. Ano mangangatuwiran pa?

  12. “Hindi naman sa gobyerno napupunta and ipinapadalang dolyar ng mga OFWs kaya hindi ito nararamdaman directa sa ekonomiya ng bansa.”

    well, thank God for that, alam naman nating lahat kung sa gobyerno mapapunta ang pera ng bayan!

  13. Assuming that what Lacierda stated is true, how “insensitive” the leaders and the government can be? Of course, it is not unexpected since it has been evinced in the past by these administration, but it’s such a naive and irresponsible remark from a high government official. (Politically “incorrect”). These boxes help many poor Filipino families of OFWs who earned them, with sweat and tears. Without them, there would be more criminals who rob and kill, etc. since the economy would be worse. Does Lacierda really want to feel the direct of a worse economy with no more BB boxes?

    • Bagsakan kaya sa ulo si Lacierding ng isang 40-footer na puno ng OFW balibayan boxes ? At baka magising sa wastong isip.

  14. Guillermo Hernandez on

    There are about 10 million OFWs ……on an average size of 5 per family left behind in the Philippines…..this translates to about 50 million Filipino mouths dependent on OFW remittances ! ! !

    And the idiots in Malacanang say that OFW remittances are not significant to the country….
    ,,,,,,,,without these annual $26 billion injection into the economy, we would have witnessed
    a bloody revolution long time ago. These OFW remittances have acted as a ” safety valve”
    on the relentless poverty situation in our country.