The Bureau of Immigration will now resume stamping of the country’s visa on Chinese passports after seven years due to the nine-dash-line map printed on them.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said that this was because of the Department of Foreign Affairs’(DFA) circular which reverses a 2012 move ordering a halt in stamping Chinese passports.
The government previously said that it was a form of protest because of China’s intention to claim the South China Sea.
The order was made by former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario. Visas issued to Chinese nationals were being placed in another piece of paper.
The BI Chief said that consular offices will not stamp the PH visa to Chinese passports.
The Philippine map, with territorial boundaries around the disputed waters, will be stamped on top of the Chinese map in the passport.
The Philippines won in 2016 at the arbitral tribunal debunking China’s claims of the West Philippine Sea. (TN)