Just read Cito Beltran's column in today's issue of The Philippine Star and I was going: "Correct! COREEEEEEEEEEECT!" (not out loud, or else mabulabog ang UP Main Library hehe)
I agree with Cito's Points 100%. He talked about the lip service the f*cking government pays to OFWs -- regaling them as "modern-day heroes" and whatnot, then contrasted these sweeet, EMPTY words with the way our OFWs are being treated in our very own NAIA. It seems that airline companies hire "baggage interceptors" (meron palang trabahong ganyan?) to apprehend departing travelers who have excess luggage. The hapless traveler then is required to stay within the limits of the allowable baggage and/or luggage.
and suspicion is enough to get you accosted. From what I've read of Beltran's account, the "interceptors" would approach you and have your luggaged weighed to see if you've violated the luggage limit. That's after you have already gone through the check-in counter at the terminal...
What Cito sees as a problem is the brusque (read: BASTOS) manner in which these "interceptors" accost the travelers. Beltran even observed that the ones mostly being targeted by these "interceptors" are often the OFWs -- the luggage of which I am sure are filled to capacity (and excess in most cases) with pasalubongs and every "illegal" (in the Western view) sort of Filipino dish that they could get their hands on, cram into their luggage, and hopefully share with friends back to whatever foreign land they work in. Beltran made the sarcastic observation that well-dressed, "professional", "powerful looking" travelers -- and foreigners, I'm sure of it -- are rarely targeted for violating the luggage limits.
Masama na nga na binabastos tayong mga Pilipino sa mga airport sa ibang bansa, dito pa sa sariling bansa natin -- sa mismong international airport dito sa Pilipinas? Leche!
As someone who owes his life, upbringing, and continuing education to OFWs, let me say this:
MGA LINTE KAMO NGA MGA HIJO DE PUTA KAMO NGA AIRPORT PERSONNEL! MAHUYA KAMO SA GINAHIMO NIYO SA PAREHO NIYO PILIPINO! BISAN DYUTAY LANG NGA RESPETO SA MGA OBRERO NGA GINAHINGADLAN SANG LINTE NGA GOBYERNO NGA MGA "BAYANI" WALA GID? HUYA-HUYA MAN SA KALAG NIYO! LIHOG LANG AH!