Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES. Senator Miriam Santiago has responded on Monday to the petition addressed to her to stop the Bureau of Customs from imposing tighter rules on balikbayan boxes sent by OFWs from abroad.

Julius Lajara, a United Arab Emirates-based overseas worker started a petition on Thursday, August 20 via change.org calling Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago to block the customs from opening the balikbayan boxes and adding more taxes on them.

In the petition, Lajara said many OFWs will be affected on customs' enforcement of stricter regulations of the 'balikbayan' boxes and the additional tax citing the massive corruption in the bureau. "They are telling us that they (customs) have all the rights to open the boxes, and if something is missing after the inspection, we are entitled to report it to the authorities. Which authorities are they referring to? Lajara remarked.

After four days since the call went viral around social media and after gaining more than 85,000 supporters worldwide, Senator Miriam Santiago vowed to call an inquiry, in an aid of legislation, on the issue.

Read the full text of her response below:


Meanwhile, grateful OFWs have expressed their gratitude to the senator for heeding their call. 

Myra Gabayeron from Toronto, Canada thinks the government should have invested more on advanced equipment. She thanked Santiago for her immediate response.


Jimmy Dela Cruz from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia didn't mince words when he said he hopes the thieves in the Bureau of Customs will be gone forever.

Rosalia Aviles from Abu Dhabi, Arab Emirates expressed profound gratitude to the senator for her concern;

11 comments:

  1. This move by BOC is something that affects a lot of families. Good job to the politicians like Sen. Santiago, who listens and fights for the Filipinos.

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  2. I can imagine the trouble our kababayans will have to go through with the opening of the balikbayan boxes. That alone is already a big hassle, reporting it is a different story. It's not like our government agencies are efficient in taking action when it comes to complaints.

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    1. And besides when you file a complaint against them, it will lead to no avail, Russ R.

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  3. pardon my ignorance, but what's a balikbayan box? all the info here are totally foreign to me, kind of hard to digest. i get the feeling that poeple use these boxes to smuggle illegal items?

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    1. Mia Foo --- If you took time to read, you should have hinted that these boxes contain items sent by overseas workers to their families in the Philippines.

      Have you ever heard of context clues or reading beyond the lines?

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  4. I like Miriam, too bad about her health though. I got both of her hilarious books. She really spoke up for the OFWs on this matter, they need a voice since they're not here.

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    1. I hope the news that says she is okay are true after all. We all need Miriam in our senate. Someone who is always in action.

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  5. I guess customs is trying to go again for the smaller fish instead of the big time smuggler. I don't think this would push through though because it's election season.

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    1. I hope so too,Franc. BOC is trying to push its limits. Now they get what they wanted. Thanks to the social media, our voices, no matter how far we are from our country, are heard.

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  6. This wouldn't be a problem if staff at customs are trustworthy. After all those issues regarding lost packages, i doubt that they can be trusted (for now).

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