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Saturday, August 14, 2004
(A forwarded message from Robert Keleman: US Embassy Warden, Manila/Philippines)

Please be informed of the recent travel advisory to the United States. However, not only pirated CVD/DVD are on the hot list. Please be informed that the American Association of Publishers (AAP) has also alerted the American customs officers to check out for pirated books. The information was given to me by Patricia Judd of the AAP. Please warn all nursing graduates who plans to take the NCLEX and CGFN exams in the states not to bring in these pirated books because there will be a penalty of automatic deportation as violation of intelectual property rights.

If you know of anynone going from the Philippines and coming back to the USA with "pasalubong and padalas", please read this important enclosed advisory from the American Embassy in Manila. Please share with your friends.

Travel advisory to the US just a friendly reminder:

If you have plans of going to the US, please take precautionary measures on all "padalas"especially those containing fake/pirated compact discs/DVDS. US Embassy employees have been given an advisory that "as US gov't employees, we should abide by the US laws, inlcuding Intellectual Property Rights (anti-piracy laws)."

As an additional incentive, the Consular Section recently received a report that the Department of HOmeland Security (DHS) searched the bag of a filipino entering the US on NW72 in Detroit. During the search, 70-80 compact discs, 30-40 empty DVD jackets and 10 -20 DVDs were found. Since the travelers were not American Citizens, their visas were canceled and they were returned back to the Philippines.If they have been Americans, they could have been subject to arrest and criminal prosecution in addition to civil fines and penalties.

Please remember even ONE pirated item can jeopardize your trip. Also, the fingerprinting system has been instituted in all port of entires. I suggest you bring extra identification cards in addition to your passport to facilitate your entry in the US immigration.

I hope this is helpful to you.

Thanks and reagrds.

Thess Q. Sula
US Commercial Service
posted by infraternam meam @ 7:17 AM  
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