MANILA – Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were grateful to actress-host and presidential sister Kris Aquino for relaying their concerns over the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) new policy on ‘balikbayan’ boxes.
Last week, the BOC announced that they would start conducting random inspections on balikbayan boxes to look over its contents for luxury items and impose the right taxes as well as to seize smugglers.
With this, OFWs were enraged with the fear that BOC officials could easily confiscate contents from their packages.
In Kris’ Instagram post with a photo of her shooting a scene for upcoming movie “Etiquette for Mistresses,” several of her supporters commented about the BOC’s new policy and thanked the actress for voicing their concerns.
“Hindi naman [nararapat] buksan ang mga boxes… to say maiwasang padala ng mamahaling item na hindi nagbabayad ng tax. We are paying tax! Salamat po, Ms. Kris. Sana our voice be heard,” Wandy Lo, one of Kris’ followers, said.
(It’s not right to open the boxes… to say that [they are only] preventing luxury items from being delivered without paying tax. We are paying tax! Thank you, Ms. Kris. I hope our voice will be heard.)
“I just hope alam ng Presidente (your brother) kung ano ang hinanaing ng netizens… Sana makarating talaga ang lahat. I know Mr. President could stop it from happening,” Justine Nicole, another of Kris’ followers, said.
(I just hope the President knows the netizens’ plight… I hope everything goes through. I know Mr. President could stop it from happening.)
The Queen of All Media, for her part, have relayed the concerns of the OFWs to those in position. Although not disclosing whom she discussed the matter with, it was clear that one of those were her brother, President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III.
“To all the OFWs and relatives or friends of our OFWs, I already forwarded your concerns which you very clearly stated on my thread in my previous post to those in a position to not only address them but hopefully study, clarify, and act on policies that have a direct impact on you, your sacrifices, and your love for family that motivates not just you, but all of us to work hard,” she said in her Instagram account.
On Monday, P-Noy ordered for a halt on the BOC’s new policy of random inspections on balikbayan boxes but maintained that these packages should still go through X-ray and K-9 examinations.
Hearing the good news, OFWs immediately thanked Kris for voicing out their concerns.
“Ms. Kris, thank you po sa help niyo ni Mr. President regarding dun sa balikbayan boxes… Thank you po talaga,” Carissa Laquian, one of Kris’ followers, said.
(Ms. Kris, thank you for you and Mr. President’s help regarding the balikbayan boxes… Thank you very much.)
“Thank you very much, Ms. Kris! You are a good Samaritan. The employees in BOC who open the boxes will be punished and paid for what they are doing. Hopefully it will be implemented ASAP… Thanks again! You are loved by many,” Nor-een Esparcia, another of Kris’ followers, said.
“Thank you so much, Ms. Kris Aquino. Your support for us OFWs really left a mark in our hearts. It made me realize more why you’re such a blessed one. More power and may our good Lord continue guiding you and your family. Thanks again,” Luchie Fernandez, another follower, said.