My name is Chyng Reyes. I graduated with a degree of Electronics and Communications Engineering in a state university in Intramuros. I work in a BPO company in MoA complex as part of Systems Development team. Im a blogger who frequently travels. And Im an individual who has never taken prohibited drugs.
My friend Dyanie and I planned an SG-Bali trip for our birthdays. We took Airphil's Manila-SG flight last May 26, 2011.
Dyanie was held in the Immigration simply because she cant present her company ID. She was suspected na mag-paiwan sa SG to work, and never return to Pinas. This experience alone was heart pounding- though it's only a matter of being approved and being declined to fly to SG. So what more if it's a matter of life and death...
Last May 28, we flew from SG to Bali via Airasia.
Airasia's airbus was full of different nationalities. But Dyanie and I were the only Filipinos on board. We landed in Denpasar airport at almost 11:40pm. We lined up in the Xray machines for our luggage to be scanned.
The moment the officer saw my Philippine passport - he carried my luggage. He asked me "is this yours?" I said yes. I started thinking what could be wrong with my luggage..
Then the officer scanned our hands too. We don't have any idea what's that for so we asked him. He answered "secret".
After he scanned our hands with that stick, he looked at me and said "come and follow me." He looked at Dyan and said "you also."
omg. what's wrong?!
So in front of all passengers of Airasia that night, kami pa ni Dyan ang mukhang may drugs! We followed the officer because we dont have a choice. We obeyed him, as if we already did something wrong. All other passengers were staring at us..
syet.. anong meron sa bag ko. at anong marks ang nakita nya sa kamay namin? kinabahan ako. this inst just the usual immigration thing. i felt this is something serious!
We entered the holding room. There were 3 officers inside. 2 males and a lady officer.
"Meet my Filipina friend. She was caught hiding packs of heroins in her luggage" said the officer. Sabay turo sa picture frames sa wall nila. It seemed like a gallery of recently caught drug traffickers all over the world. He also reminded me that DEATH is the PENALTY of those drug traffickers.
Paksyet. It's a matter of life and death in the hands of these Indonesian Police Officers. Im 100% sure Dyan and I were clean!
They offered something to drink but we refused.
Yoko nga, baka dahil jan sa drinks na yan magkaron pa ng drugs substance sa katawan namin..
"Do you know her?" asked the officer as he was pointing to the girl in the picture frame. - I answered no.
"Did you take drugs?" - Of course not!
"Did you have drugs hidden in your body?" - What?! Never!
nagpanting yung tenga ko. galit na galit ako. at the same time nalungkot. bakit ganun, tagged na ang pinoys as drug traffickers dahil sa kasalanan ng iilan..
"Let's check your bag".
The officer searched my things thoroughly. I was just looking at him. He checked every compartment of my luggage too.
Ang lakas ng kaba ng dibdib ko. I knew he could frame me up. At wala na kong laban if that happens. Nasa teritoryo nila kami.
Ansama sama ng loob ko. Dahil lang Pinoy kami, instant suspect na agad kami.
After he messed with all my things and found nothing, I asked the officer what could be wrong and why was he checking us. He just answered "because the 2 of you are beautiful girls."
putangina mo, nakikipag-cooperate kami sa inyo. naabala at napahiya na kami kanina pa. kaya sana sumagot ka ng maayos kung may tinatanong kami.
For the 3rd time, we went outside the holding room to scan my luggage. I was really very nervous (and irritated). I could imagine him almost saying that he found something in my bag. Remember, he was holding my bag all the time. I never had the chance to touch it again..
you dont trust us. and we dont trust you either. ang advantage lang, nasa Indonesia tayo. at kayo ang may authority.
Now they looked at Dyan.
"Are you hiding drugs inside your body?" No!
"Why is your belly big?"
My friend was offended. But she answered politely. "Because I'm fat. And in case you don't see, my arms and legs are proportion to every part of my body."
The lady officer wasn't convinced, she ordered a body check on her.
as narrated by Dyan:
Gusto ko man magsabi ng ayoko ng body check, wala akong nagawa. Bansa nila yan. So sunod lang ako sa gusto nila. Pumasok kami sa Body Check Room. Inikot ko yung mata ko to check if there are surveillance cameras. Tapos ni-lock ko yung pinto. Tinanong ko si lady officer kung bakit namin to ginagawa. May 3 pinay daw na nahulihan ng drugs sa loob ng tyan nila. Sympre di ko alam kung totoo nga yun. Pinahubad nya ko ng damit. As in HUBAD lahat. Body search. Pero ang only body part na hinawakan nya ay ang tyan ko. Pero nakaka-harassed pa din. Wala naman siyang nakitang kakaiba sakin.
no offense pero meron ba silang extensive training na by just touching a body part malalaman na kung may drugs dun? ang hirap maniwala. they never had hightech machines to start with. and why cant they even afford a drug-sniffing dog?! mayabang lang sila. pero wala silang masyadong alam.
Now back in the holding room, I was with the other 2 male officers. They started bragging that they captured all the drug traffickers in the picture frames. Im still not sure what will happen next as they deprived us from telling anything.
What now!? gusto nyo lang may mapatunayan kayo at may madagdag kayong picture jan sa wall nyo?!
Im so proud of Dyan. She went back in the room and still didnt breakdown. I knew I will start crying too if I see her terrified.
pero sa totoong buhay daw, sobrang takot na nya na masesetup kami.
Dyan said I dont look scared at all too. I just look very irritated.
pero sa totoo lang, nafi-feel kong anytime sasabihin ng officers na may nakita sila sa bag namin at ibibintang nila na sa amin yun.. at di na kami makakauwi ng Pinas. =(
Yes, the policemen could frameup us.
Just like what has been featured in National Geographic's Locked Up Abroad.
Locked Up Abroad tells true stories and first hand experiences of unsuspecting travelers who embarked on what they thought would be a vacation, only to barely make it home alive.
This is a must watch.
Chris Parnell was arrested in Bali, Indonesia while on vacation with his family and friend, Doggy. He was accused of smuggling 12 kilos of hashish. Went to prison for 11 years!
After 1.5 hours, they finally let us go. Wala silang nakita. They thanked us for being cooperative pero di ko pinansin yung hand shake offer nila. Galit na galit ako. Pero alam ko bawal ako magsalita. Hindi rin sila nagsorry sa abala na ginawa nila. Para san pa, wala na kaming gana na pumasok ng Bali. Sirang sira yung bakasyon namin dahil sa ganitong pagwelcome nila sa Pinoy.
Sabagay their sorry wont be enough. Kulang yan sa kahihiyan, sobrang takot, trauma, at paranoia na inabot namin dahil sa kanila. Ang sama sama ng loob ko. Putangina nyo!
We met the hotel driver who's been waiting for us since 11:40PM. We finally got out of the airport at 1:30AM. I thanked the driver for waiting for us. He wasn't surprised that we were the last to go out. Sabi nya, kapag Pinoy chinecheck daw muna.
Dahil lang may mga Pinoy na drug trafficker, lahat ng Pinoy drug traffickers na agad?!
So it's also fair to call all Indonesian Policemen RAPISTS?!
Indonesian Policemen RAPISTS!
How about call all Policemen DRUG DEALERS because of this?
Or can I tag all Indonesian ADDICTS sabagay 51 thousand locals nila ay junkies?
51 Thousand Drug Addict Indonesians
..a dose of their own medicine..
I hope if an Indonesian visits Pinas, ma-tag din sila as RAPISTS, DRUG DEALERS, and ADDICTS instantly! Maramdaman nila sana yung treatment nila samin.. Yan ang rules nila di ba?
Sa sobrang takot ni Dyanie, she cried to sleep that night. Tulala. Di nagsasalita.
Sa sobrang galit ko, di ako nakatulog. I started vomiting. Hinika ako sa sama ng loob.
Wala pa kaming 2 oras sa Bali pero gustong gusto na namin umuwi ng Pinas.
We felt we were unwelcomed visitors.
Putangina nyo! Naging praning na kami everytime may police kaming makikita. Or everytime dadaan kaming xray, iba na ang kabog ng dibdib namin. Gabi gabi, paulit ulit na naming pinapagpag ang bawat damit namin - just to check na walang naisingit na drugs sa gamit namin. We're so traumatized that we wont be planning to go out of the country anytime soon.
We swore not to go back to Indonesia again. We already suffered a lot.
We regret the day we entered this country.
And if you are planning to go to Bali too, well good luck. The next suspect could be you.
..yes you may share this post.
All I wanted is to write my traumatic experience, and to warn my co-Pinoy travelers, specially those who travel solo, that they could be the next "random suspect".
It never crossed my mind that this incident would reach the media and the government.
Initially, I never wanted to file a case, be seen on TV, be heard on the radio programs, and be read on the newspapers. It's really beginning to be stressful now. But the messages Ive been receiving have challenged and pushed me to file my case. Thanks to Ms. Susan Ople, for filing the case on our behalf, and to DFA USEC Rafael Seguis for the support. Hearing the words directly from them gave me more courage to pursue this.
Dyanie and I would like to express our deepest gratitude to Ms. Susan Ople for filing the case on our behalf. We truly appreciate it. This help is what we truly needed. It's glad to know that someone who has the right knowledge about this matter has finally confirmed that this is a case of disrespect.
FYI (specially to those unidentified / anonymous commenters na nagmamarunong lang) do yourselves a favor and stop humiliating yourselves and showing off your ignorance by leaving nonsense comments. Those are being deleted anyway.
PS. paki-sampal na din to sa pagmumukha nyo. =)
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..ayon sa Blas Ople Policy center, hindi makatarungan ang tratong iginawad ng Indonesian Police. Ito raw ang unang pagkakataon na nakatanggap sila ng ganitong kaso na naganap sa Indonesia...
Sumulat na sila sa Department of Foreign Affairs para hingan ng paliwanag ang Indonesian Embassy sa insidente.
Nakakabahala ayon sa DFA ang insidente. Konting Pilipino lang daw ang nahulihan ng droga sa Indonesia para masailalim sa racial profiling ng immigration doon. Uutusan daw ng Philippine Embassy sa Jakarta para tingan kung maaring iprotesta ito sa Indonesa...
Payo sa mga Pilipino, turista man o OFW, bago umalis ng bansa, siguraduhing
alam nyo ang contact number at address ng Embahada ng Pilipinas sa bansang inyong pupuntahan. Ito'y para mabilis nyo silang macontact at madali kayong makakahingi ng tulong sakaling inyong kailanganin.
- 24 Oras, GMA 7, June 3, 2011
Inquirer News | June 5, 2011
read full story here:
a PRESS RELEASE from DFA | June 6, 2011
as of this morning, Ambassador Cherry Aguinaldo already went to the consulate in Jakarta to forward our government's concern.
The Indonesian Ambassador apologized for the traumatic incident. The Indonesian side had promised to look into the incident and to take appropriate steps to correct it.
..and finally the Indonesian Ambassador's statement | June 21, 2011
this case has been heard. the ambassador has spoken.
and it just all started with a blog.
and it just all started with a blog.
Again, all I wanted is to write my traumatic experience, and to warn my co-Pinoy travelers, specially those who travel solo, that they could be the next "random suspect". I never wanted an apology, seek revenge, be compensated for the trauma, or anything. Being heard is enough.
- Being a victim is a choice, and I chose NOT to be one..
now let's all move on, shall we? =)