By Jocelyn R. Uy
, Tarra Quismundo
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday said it had started implementing an order to stop stamping Chinese passports that bear a map of China extending its territory to include disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea.
The new procedure for stamping Philippine visas on a separate visa form will apply to holders of both old and new Chinese e-passports to avoid confusion among Filipino immigration and consular officers, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday.
By Jerome Aning
The Philippines would continue to process visa applications of Chinese nationals carrying e-passports (computer-chipped passports) that contained a map which included the West Philippine Sea and islands being claimed by the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Friday.