"In societies where Robbing Hoods are treated like a celebrity it is but natural to expect political parties to act like a Mafia syndicate" Political Jaywalker "In a nation where corruption is endemic people tend to confuse due process with aiding and abetting criminals" Political Jaywalker "War doesn't determine who is right, war determines who is left" Bertrand Russell "You have just one flash flood of money, you keep your people poor. It's like a time bomb and it's scary" Philippine Lawmaker

Citizen feedback for the new administration

Considering that the new government is encouraging the public to generate feedbacks and possibly participate in building a better future for our country and countrymen, may I contribute the following observations that may need looking into:

1. In our recent visit to the homeland, my wife and I were among those who had continuing flight to Cebu's Mactan International Airport and our baggage were not processed by Customs at NAIA. At MIA, however, there were no Customs representative around other than two Customs policemen who by law are not authorized to routinely inspect incoming goods and levy duties/taxes, if any. If such setup is ongoing, it would present a lucrative loophole to those seeking to evade our laws.

2. Going through the Mactan Domestic Airport on our way to Boracay on July 5, the security screeners got a bleep on their monitor that turned out to be a tiny knife that I failed to notice in my luggage. I know it is not allowed and I thanked the guy for detecting it. However, my request for a receipt was refused. I talked later with the guy's superior C. Bermejo, Jr., and Station Chief Inspector Donatila Sotto who assured me that they will follow up on the matter. Still I was not given a receipt. Is this the SOP regarding such matters? If so, how many apprehensions of disallowed items are confiscated daily and how many of them end up in private possessions?
Dionesio C. Grava - Part-time community journalist based in Los Angeles and editorial writer at Forum Asia.

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