posted by in Philippines forum
They are doing this for security reasons and there's nothing we can do about it. If you have to wait again to be issued a new passport, then that's what you should do. Be careful with the new passport and the visa once you get them, my friend who has been approved of a tourist visa with multiple entry of 10 yrs from the USA lost his passport, the embassy said he have to apply for a new visa even if the one that was lost together with his passport is still valid.
I'll wish you luck.