THE American general manager of Shangri-La Hotel in Cebu is now in hot water after the Bureau of Immigration summoned him for showing disrespect to four congressmen whom he met four months ago.
Immigration Commissioner Alipio Fernandez said Timothy Wright was ordered to appear at the BI office at 3 p.m. today to explain why he should not be kicked out. BI special prosecutor Maria Antonette Bucasas issued the subpoena based on the complaint of Ilocos Norte Rep. Roque Ablan Jr. In his complaint, Ablan recounted that he and three other lawmakers, Representatives Antonio Cuenco, Janet Garin and Lorna Silverio, went to Shangri-La Hotel in Mactan, Cebu on August 6 for the 27th General Assembly of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary. He said they met with Wright to discuss accommodations for the delegates to the assembly that was held from September 10 to 15. During the meeting, Ablan complained that he was not given a notice on the renovation works on some of the hotel’s facilities. He also asked Wright about discounts on corkage fees that might be charged to delegates who would bring in food and beverages. However, instead of politely turning them down, Wright allegedly remarked:
“You should be ashamed to ask me. You know we make a living by selling food and liquor.” “A visitor to the Philippines such as Mr. Wright must be made aware that Filipinos are not inferior citizens and cannot, under any circumstances, be treated as such,” Ablan said.
Lee Ann Ducusin
Peoples Journal 10/26/2006 19:57 PM