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I’m Still Not Him, circa 2001

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This is to prove that even I had trouble getting my ACR card.

Last week I told you about how I had to prove I was me to the U.S. Government, the time before that in 2001, I had to prove to the Philippine Government that I’m not him. This time I go to Manila because I had to finish up the paperwork’s on my application, for a permanent ACR, this was a few years ago. I received my temporary ACR, which was good for one year, on probation. I assumed that since I received all these official papers from the Department of Immigration that I had jumped all over all the hurdles, slipped between all the cracks, and was on the road to easy times.

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Wrong again! The next year I had to prove for the second time that I was not someone else. How would one do that? Can you prove a negative? Yes by using the “Affidavit of Not Same Name” unlike the “Affidavit of Loss” (To prove a lost car tag) which I submitted to the LTO that same month.

Mr. Computer man informed me that my name was on the bad list in their computer. (I was hoping it was listed in the big book, no such luck. There was a name somewhat (note “somewhat”) like mine, belonging to a man from Great Britain.

I smiled and explained that this came up last year and the year before and we’d solved the problem. How could I be standing here with a valid ACR if this had not been solved? I was informed that I had to speak with the “Director” of the records section to solve this dilemma. Now again, the quest begins anew! Down the yellow brick road to see the Wizard! The wizard informed me that I must return to Olongapo City and visit the local office of the NBI to clear my name or the name of the guy from Great Britain. Thinking fast and working to inflate the wizard’s ego I smiled and said that I fully understood his need to insure that the Republic of the Philippines be protected from these nefarious types of people, and I for one agreed, and would help to the limits of my abilities! (Hey! It sounded real good to me.) Then I showed him my new plus old passports, which I hoped, would prove that I was never been a citizen of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island. Then I showed my U.S. Merchant Seaman’s Card, my retired U.S. Military ID Card, and then told him I had visited Great Britain and that Pub Grub is good. I felt the food comment was the winner.

He waived the NBI stuff, and all I had to do was cross the street, see one of the shade tree Lawyers and type up my “Affidavit Not Same Name.” And of course pay 500 Pesos! Set to go? Oh ye of little faith! I now have a valid ACR good for one year, and then was then informed that we are now going to the “I-Card or E-Card” or whatever was in style that year. So let’s start again. I choose to live here, and it’s still good.

Continued next week, oh yes there is more.

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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John Reyes
11 years ago

Hi, Paul T, with a common name like yours, it looks like you’re going to be making the yearly trip to Manila, until you get your permanent ACR, to prove you’re not the same bloke:) from the UK, and pay the “shade tree lawyer” 500 pesos each time he types up the affidavit of not the same name (shouldn’t it be affidavit of not the same person, instead of not the same name?), a simple task that could have been done by a notary public, probably at less the cost LOL. Yeah, I forgot, you’re not in the States, where… Read more »

Edward Gary Wigle
Edward Gary Wigle
11 years ago

OMG! – That would be heart attack time for me. How do you teach an old dog like me to jump through hoops? I sure hope you have good news next week. Maybe I should just stay a tourist??? Nay, sigh! What a life I am going to enjoy. If I can just learn to smile and not be a smart mouth. Thanks for the insight on a expats life in the RP.

John Reyes
11 years ago

Btw, did everyone see that ad up there beside Paul T’s article that advertises round trip to Manila for $665? What’s the catch, I wonder, may be no suitcases?

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

Hello Jack;
I’m fairly sure I was on Nixon’s enemy list also, when I was a kid the coal I got in my socking at Christmas, helped my family during those cold New England winters. As long as it’s never “Wala SMB” they can put me on any list they want! (LOL)

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

I knew there was a “T” in “stocking”, now I’m on the bad spelling list!

Jack
Jack
11 years ago

Paul,

What did you do? You must be on lots of naughty (bugoy) lists. Santa never visits. Wala sabaw for you!

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

Hi John;
I first applied for my ACR in 1997; it took until 2001 to receive it. I now have the E-Card or I-Card, (everyone has a different name for it) and next week I’ll finish that subject.
The British guy had my last name, but not my first name, but his middle name was Paul. And that’s where the problem was because the other Thompson was banned from the Philippines. All is well to date, or at least until I have to renew!

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

Tyreen;
Me and my ice cold beer thank you; Part II will be here on LIP, same time, same channel, next week. Excuse me, my beer is empty!

Tyleen
Tyleen
11 years ago

Hi Paul,
You tell a mean story….I am standing by for part 2.

Tommy
11 years ago

but ytou all look the same paul ! 😆

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