Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Another reason why the SSS and Philhealth are my favorite government services --

This has been circulating around the Internet for a while now --

It was Johann who told me about it and we had a fairly lengthy discussion about how st**p*d the Bureau of Customs is.

When we were graduate students, my sister and I had to deal with the Bureau of Customs officer holding up school books (Norton edition of Madame Bovary and Arden/Oxford editions of some of Shakespeare's plays), which we purchased from and asking us what the books were about and having to pay a hefty tax just to get them. (This is despite showing our valid school IDs and explaining to them what the books were about.)

As hobbyists, it was agonizing trying to explain that "Vampire: The Eternal Struggle" was a game and had nothing to do with our religious beliefs.

And now, there's this:

The Great Book Blockade of 2009

I kinda understand that the BOC is pressured to meet a collections quota -- the quarterly failure to meet such quota is usually printed in newspapers but there has got to be a better way.

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