Head of Consulate Office: "We have the right to look for documents we feel necessary."
----I WAS STARTING TO GET FRUSTRATED WITH THIS RESPONSE: "RIGHT TO ASK FOR ANY DOCUMENTS", BUT NOT EXPLAINING AT ALL WHY IT IS NECESSARY! I HAVE FILIPINO CITIZENSHIP, NOT SOMEONE APPLYING FOR FILIPINO CITIZENSHIP.-----
Me:"Granted that it is a true requirement, can your office at least please change or update the information in your website? That spouse's citizenship papers must be brought for presentation of documents as well, even for just a mere passport renewal? In that way the office won't be wasting time, effort, and energy of other married women applicants coming here? I hope you see my point sir. I came from San Diego to be turned down. But if these information are in your website, then, I would have not spent money, time, effort and energy here for NOTHING. I would come out here one happy applicant!"
Me: "If he is LEGAL in this country? So, it means, if in case my hubby is not a legal US citizen, I can not? I was not aware before that my spouse's US citizenship status could affect my Philippine passport application? Could you please let me know which Philippine law is that, which I have missed?"
Head of Consulate Office: "Mam, it is our right to ask for any documents we feel necessary!"
I left the office in tears. I called my friend who works in LA and aired out my frustrations right away. Since she was at work, I could not hold her long, so I went to the nearest church, where I could cry my heart out loud. My tears were not so much from my disappointment of not getting a Filipino passport. I know, I could get it eventually if I will follow them. Or, I could get an American passport if I apply for American Citizenship because I was at that time already eligible. I just was wanting to keep my Filipino citizenship.
The tears and painful cries were more from my disbelief of how assigned "Filipino guardians" as consuls treat their people in a foreign land. They were tears of disappointment for a system, a system that to me was CLEARLY in the wrong. And disappointment, for NO ONE, NO ONE IN THE US has talked to me in such a way with some "belittling voice", BUT FELLOW FILIPINOS in the PHILIPPINE CONSULATE'S office, which I thought then was suppose to be a haven, a refuge, for Filipinos. But no, except for that lady who helped me get an appointment with the head of office, the ones I encountered somehow did not make any sense at all. -----