By: Elena Grace Flores
It only takes common sense and lots of concern to the Filipino people to be a good statesman. Bongbong Marcos exhibited these traits when he scrutinized what went wrong in the balikbayan box case during the Aquino administration. The improvement continued to this date even if he’s not a senator anymore. His greatest ally, president Rodrigo Duterte imposed the tax-free balikbayan box to up to 150,000 pesos worth of gift items but not for commercial use.
Youtube video by; Government of the Philippines
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos Di Mabayarang Malasakit para sa mga OFW
Balikbayan as Smugglers?
In many middle east countries, the punishment of drug smugglers is the death penalty. No family-loving Filipino would risk their job and their family for doing such crime. Hence, statistics say that not even one balikbayan box ever found to contain illegal drugs or guns. This is a huge failure on the part of the previous administration. Worst, they are giving balikbayans a bad name that they can be smugglers.
Bongbong Marcos urged the Government to give OFWs an Apology
Bongbong Marcos explained that no one would want to hire a smuggling Filipino overseas. There must be a massive campaign to apologize to the overseas workers through mass media – the same was as when the balikbayan box problem escalates. However, it was only Customs Commissioner Lina who apologized publicly before his transfer.
Duterte’s OFW Campaign for Christmas
Isolated Case of Stolen Goods Reported by Media
CNN reported that a balikbayan lost 20,000 pesos worth of perfumes after her balikbayan box got tampered. The media got the story first hand but the owner refrains from reporting the incident so as not to ruin her holiday. Anyhow, reporting such incidents is as easy as dialing the number given on the phone or logging into the bureau’s website. The government can help people better if one would report to the right channel instead of giving interviews to the media.