No record of Taylor Kitsch entering Philippines—Immigration


Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon

The Bureau of Immigration on Saturday said it did not have any record of Taylor Kitsch entering the country even as it promised to investigate the Canadian actor’s claim that he was turned back by a customs officer when he arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) recently.

Lawyer Ma. Antonette Mangrobang, immigration spokesperson, said an initial check of the bureau’s computer files showed no record of arrival of a passenger named Taylor Kitsch.

Mangrobang also disputed Kitsch’s claim that he had a working visa as there was no record of an alien certificate of registration-identity card (ACR I-Card) being issued under his name.

In an interview with American television host David Letterman on his late night show that aired March 1, Kitsch said he had just arrived in the Philippines when a customs officer told him he had to return to Japan because there were no more blank pages on his passport.

After a long argument, Kitsch said the customs officer eventually let him through.

“We also checked the flight manifests of all airlines from Japan to Manila and it all yielded negative results,” Mangrobang said.

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon said Kitsch may have mistaken the Philippines for another country, adding that the Bureau of Customs (BOC) did not have any record in the airline manifests of his arrival.

“Our BOC office checked the manifests of flights coming into Manila. Since Mr. Kitsch said he came in from Japan, he could have arrived only via Naia 1, where most international flights come in, or Naia 2, where PAL flights arrive,” Biazon said.

Mangrobang said Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. had ordered an investigation into Kitsch’s story.

“We will also extract footage from closed circuit television cameras at the airport to check if indeed he arrived and was processed in our immigration counters,” Mangrobang said.

Mangrobang assured the public that if the investigation showed that immigration officers were responsible, those involved would be held administratively liable and meted out disciplinary penalty. Philip C. Tubeza

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  • Orb Rightist

    He may have used his real name if Taylor Kitsch is a screen name. Better if they ask him himself about the details of his flight here.

  • Genki Sudo

    Here we go again, Filipinos making a big fuss out of an issue that no one in the world really cares about. It’s not as if the the Philippines ISN’T a corrupt country. Even if Taylor Kitsch or David Letterman apologizes, it won’t change the perception that the Philippines is a corrupt 3rd world country. If the government wants to change the image of the country then do it the right way and implement real changes. Takot sila masira ang pangalan ng Pilipinas eh matagal ng sira ang reputasyon ng Pilipinas sa buong mundo. Its seems that everyone in the Philippines is in denial & out of touch with reality. Pilipinas, GISING!

  • Genki Sudo

    When you go overseas, when you say “Philippines”, people readily think of poverty, corruption, 3rd world country, mail order brides, domestic helpers, prostitutes. That is the cold hard truth.

  • Napoleon Selin

    no big deal and nobody cares. dont waste taxpayers money by investigating this nonsense

  • David Van Cleef

    “Our BOC office checked the manifests of flights coming into Manila. Since Mr. Kitsch said he came in from Japan, he could have arrived only via Naia 1, where most international flights come in, or Naia 2, where PAL flights arrive,”

    Obviously they missed 5J827 Osaka-Manila and NH949 Narita-Manila, both of which fly into NAIA *3*.

  • Sensui Dark

    My butthurt fellow filipinos need a public apology! the same pattern when someone critized their dysfunctional country!

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