By Ferdinand Patinio

(PNA photo by Yancy Lim)

MANILA – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday warned foreign nationals against making bomb jokes as they may face denial of entry, exclusion, or deportation.

“We urge all foreign nationals to exercise caution and refrain from making any statements or jokes that could be deemed as threats to security,” Commissioner Norman Tansingco said in a statement.

“Bomb jokes or any comments referencing explosives are not taken lightly, especially in sensitive environments like airports. Such actions can be construed as threats and may lead to exclusion or deportation if foreign nationals are involved.”

Tansingco issued the warning after Japan-bound Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR412 was delayed for five hours on Wednesday after airport authorities received a bomb threat call from an unidentified woman.

Passengers were promptly evacuated, and the plane underwent thorough security checks before being cleared for departure.

The BI also reminded foreigners of their obligation to adhere to Philippine laws and regulations while in the country, lest they be sanctioned by local law enforcement agencies.

“Our country remains hospitable for foreigners, but for only those who follow our laws,” Tansingco said. (PNA)