MANILA, Philippines - The recent abduction of two foreigners in Tawi-Tawi hardly affected the influx of foreign tourists into the country.
According to statistics from the Bureau of Immigration (BI), a total of 83,367 foreigners and Balikbayans arrived in the country from Feb. 2 to Feb. 5, a few days after bandits kidnapped Swiss nationals Lorenzo Vinciguerra and Ewold Horn in Tawi-Tawi.
BI statistics also showed that a total of 19,505 foreigners and Balikbayans arrived at the Ninoy Aquino Interrnational Airport during the four-day period.
On a nationwide scale, the statistics showed that 11,980 Koreans, 9,355 Americans and 5,116 Japanese arrived in the country in the same period.
Chinese nationals are next in the list, followed by Australians, Canadians, Taiwanese, and Malaysians.