Saturday, November 25, 2006

Shooting our foot in small ways

The news in the Philippines for the past few weeks and months were very encouraging. Some of these were:

1. Many companies reported record profits.
2. The peso was in strongest for the past 6 years.
3. The stock market was surging to new highs.
4. Pacquiao won the fight.
5. Remmitances are up double digits. Etc.

However, look at the news below! The police should not arrest tourists guides, like they are drug dealers or terrorists! There should be some form of civility, and hospitality.... whatever. Why brandish M16 on helpless Korean tourists!

Is this our way of attracting more tourists into the country?

From PDI:

South Korea protests arrest of 15 compatriots in Cebu
By Jolene BulambotInquirer

CEBU CITY -- The Korean community here, through its embassy in Manila, filed a protest before the Department of Justice for the allegedly irregular arrest by the National Bureau of Investigation of 15 South Koreans accused of working as tour guides without permits.

Shin said Cebu’s Korean community was confused by the arrests because the 15 Koreans were legally documented tour guides.

The agents also failed to present warrants of arrest against the 15 Korean nationals when they were taken in custody, he added.

The NBI operatives, who carried high-powered pistols and long arms at the time of the arrest, "terrified the arriving tourists, composed mainly of senior age persons," Shin noted in his statement.

"Not only were the hapless Korean visitors/tourists treated to a scary and an inappropriate welcome by these government law enforcers, but residually left to fend for themselves, not knowing where to go and what to do, having lost the assistance of the tour guides who were arrested and detained," he said.

Here is the link to the news.