Col.Burch's Rude offensive remarks about women sparks protests
The Filipino community is to confront Immigration Minister David Burch after claiming he has made "offensive" remarks about women.
The Association of Filipinos in Bermuda (AFB) is to meet next week to issue a statement countering the Minister's comments, while Dominicans are also understood to be upset at Senator Burch's remarks at a press conference.
The Senator this week announced new visa requirements for citizens of the Philippines, Dominican Republic and Panama.
He said it was to crack down on women being brought to Bermuda as prostitutes or as wives in "sham marriages".
From May 1, Government will vet visa applications "to determine whether a marriage is a sham or a bona-fide union".
Citizens will have to apply to British embassies for visas with the information then E-mailed to Bermuda's Immigration Department. After being vetted, the Minister will then decide whether to issue a visa or not.
Sen. Burch said on Tuesday that women were being brought to Bermuda to work as prostitutes.
"The Department of Immigration has received complaints and investigated cases where women have been brought to Bermuda specifically from the Dominican Republic for the purposes of prostitution," he said.
"There have been sufficient cases brought to our attention to warrant a review, either through the Immigration hot line or the individuals," he said. As from next month Panama, Dominican Republic and Philippine guest workers will also have to apply for visas via British embassies, which will verify whether their personal information tallies.
Yesterday a representative of the Filipino community expressed their anger at Sen. Burch's remarks.
Sonia Loudermilk, AFB advisor, said: "The Minister's remarks really upset everybody. We're going to have a meeting, and plan to issue a statement. We're going to have to talk to him as well. We are offended by the Minister's remarks because he is making generalisations."
Commenting on older Bermudian men marrying younger women, she said: "As far as we're aware it's not a problem, so we found these remarks really unfair.
"But if a man likes a girl, what can we do about that? It's a personal matter.
"What he (Sen. Burch) said really upset us, especially the women. We are all educated, and don't do prostitution. We all speak English because everybody who comes here has an education. In the Philippines we have English subjects in class. Some of us may not be fluent but we all speak English.
"So we think the new visa requirements are unfair. Other nationalities don't need a visa to come here, why is it only us?"
It is understood by The Royal Gazette that a petition is also circulating among people from the Dominican Republic on-Island, against Sen. Burch's remarks.
Dominicans: Not Happy With Prostitution Remark
Dominican Republic nationals residing in Bermuda, as well as their spouses, have expressed grave concern over these remarks, and we understand may be seeking an apology from Colonel Burch.
There are plenty of Bermudian school girls out on the street selling their adolescent bodies for money,as any cab driver or bar tender will verify.
Why is " Handbag " Burch picking on happily married women from the Dominican Republic , Panama or Philippines ?.
The colonel must be jealous ,now that he can no longer prey on new recruits at the regiment,he needs a boy toy to service him
There is also a long list of PLP politicians who fly girlfriends and boyfriends in and out of the island with tax payer's money on so called "government business"