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Date: 14 March 2018
No Lenten break for Immigration Personnel...
Bureau of Immigration (BI) Officers assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other major ports were banned from going on leave before, during and after the Holy Week break to ensure that adequate personnel are on hand to serve the traveling public during the holidays.
In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime H. Morente, BI Port Operations Division Marc Red A. Mariñas said he has issued a memorandum stating that his office will no longer entertain applications for vacation and forced leaves for period March 20 until April 15.
Mariñas said he issued the order due to the expected influx and exodus of large numbers of international travelers that always occur during the long Lenten break.
The week before the Lenten break normally sees a rise in number of departing travelers while its aftermath would be characterized by increased passenger arrivals.
Morente, for his part, reiterated that should the need arises, the BI is ready to temporarily deploy to the NAIA and other airports during the holidays Immigration Officers currently detailed in other BI Offices situated in and outside of Metro Manila and the 100 IOs presently undergoing Basic Immigration Officer Course at the Philippine Immigration Academy.
In fact, the BI Chief disclosed that in the past weeks he already issued Personnel Orders reassigning several Immigration Officers to the airports in Clark, Mactan, and Kalibo which needed manpower augmentation due to the opening of additional flights.
Date: 09 Mar. 2018
BI Men to get Support against Terrorism...
The United States government has pledged to help the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in its Anti-terrorism Campaign by training its personnel and exchanging Intelligence Information on the identities and whereabouts of suspected International Terrorists.
US Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis David Glawe made the pledge in a recent meeting with Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II and BI Commissioner Jaime H. Morente.
Aguirre welcomed Glawe’s visit as a positive step towards enhancing the Philippine government’s capability to effective wage the global war against terrorism.
Noting that the war against terror requires a multi-faceted and multi-pronged approach, Aguirre said “this will require us to work closely with our allies and maintain good working relations with them as we share knowledge and resources for the eradication of a borderless menace.”
In the said meeting, Glawe and his team agreed to strengthen cooperation between the Philippines and US in areas related to counter-terrorism, such as advanced passenger information sharing, intelligence sharing, and sharing of databases on blacklisted and watchlisted terrorists.
The US team also reportedly promised to train BI personnel on Biometric Screening, Fraudulent Document Training, and internet/social media monitoring.
Both parties expressed their respective commitments to foster closer ties and to explore other areas of possible collaboration in the future.
Meanwhile, BI Commissioner Morente said that aside from US assistance, the bureau’s personnel have been receiving continuous training on Anti-terrorism and Document Fraud Detection from the Australian Government.
Morente said that the US and Australia have been active partners in the global campaign against Human Trafficking and they have been instrumental in upgrading the capability of our employees in detecting fraudulent documents and identifying trafficking victims and their couriers.
In a report, BI Chief Personnel Officer Grifton Medina added that aside from the US and Australia, ASEAN member states and other International Organizations, such as the Asian Development Bank, have also been providing trainings and cooperative efforts to share best practices in upgrading competencies, improving performance management and fostering good governance.
Date: 08 Mar. 2018 (Thur)
500 Immigration Officers at NAIA rotated anew...
Close to 500 Bureau of Immigration (BI) Officers assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were rotated in their terminal assignments anew as part of management’s program to deter corruption and improve service to the traveling public.
In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime H. Morente, BI Port Operations Division Chief Marc Red A. Mariñas said the affected airport personnel will start reporting to their new terminal assignments on March 8, 2018, Thursday.
Mariñas also informed Comm. Morente that the rotation was implemented barely three months after his office ordered a similar reshuffle of BI Officers assigned to conduct immigration formalities for international travelers in NAIA’s arrival and departure areas.
“As a result of this latest rotation, every immigration officer assigned at the NAIA was transferred from his or her presently assigned terminal to any one of the two other terminals at the airport. Henceforth, we shall be doing this every three months instead of every six months as previously practiced,” Mariñas said.
He stated that again no one was exempted from the personnel movement in order to prevent fraternization in the workplace which studies have identified as a major source of corruption in government.
Mariñas said the scheme also aims to raise the employees’ productivity, adding that the last time the rotation was implemented was in December last year.
Meanwhile, Morente instructed Mariñas to ensure that adequate personnel are deployed to the NAIA in time for the Holy Week when large volume of international travelers is expected to again converge at the premiere port.
He directed BI Chief Personnel Officer Grifton SP. Medina to come up with list of Immigration Officers currently deployed at the main office and other subports who could be temporarily reassigned to the NAIA during the holidays and thus prevent long queues in immigration counters.
“I will sign the personnel orders reassigning them to the NAIA so as to minimize, if not totally prevent, long queues of passengers in our counters,” Morente said.
“We assure the traveling public that we have enough personnel to man our booths at the airport during the holidays,” Morente added, even as he urged passengers to come to the airport early so they won’t miss their flights.
Date: 05 Mar. 2018 (Mon)
SOJ Assures BI Personnel regarding their Augmentation Pay...
Officers and Rank and File workers of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) were exhorted to remain focused on their job as gatekeepers of the country despite the delay in the release of their augmentation pay which H.E President Rodrigo R. Duterte and House of Representatives (Congress) had authorized them to receive under this year’s General Appropriations Act.
In a statement, Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II assured that he remains supportive of the BI employees’ efforts to get their augmentation pay which will be sourced from the express lane fees.
“Noon pa man at hanggang ngayon, bahagi ako ng pagsusulong ninyo na makuha ang inyong nararapat na kabahagi sa BI Express Lane Funds (Before and until now I have always been with you in your struggle to obtain your rightful share from these express lane funds),” Aguirre said. “We are in this together.”
He disclosed that officials from the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Commission on Audit (COA) will meet on Mar. 13 to discuss and draft the implementing guidelines for the payment of the BI workers’ augmentation pay.
In his veto message for this year’s national budget, H.E President Duterte allowed the establishment of a trust fund for the employees out of the BI’s express lane collections, subject to guidelines to be promulgated by the DOJ, DBM and COA.
BI Commissioner Jaime H. Morente said the bureau’s personnel are optimistic that the guidelines will be issued in time for the upcoming school enrollment.
Meanwhile, BI Chief Personnel Officer and Deputy Spokesman added that the BI Employees Union and Immigration Officers Association earlier issued a joint statement appealing for patience in the release of the augmentation pay amid the financial difficulties that their members are going through.
In a separate statement, the three-man BI Board of Commissioners enjoined the bureau’s workers to “sustain our fervor and our commitment to doing our service with the same professionalism and prudence that we have done for more than a year now.”
The board composed of BI Commissioner Jaime H. Morente and Deputy Commissioners J. Tobias M. Javier and Aimee T. Neri assured that a positive solution to the augmentation pay will be worked out even as the joint guidelines is being awaited.
It will be recalled that in 2017 BI workers stopped receiving their augmentation pay after the President vetoed the use of the express lane collections, prompting many employees to either resign or go on leave.
STATEMENT OF JUSTICE SECRETARY VITALIANO N. AGUIRRE II TO THE EMPLOYEES OF THE BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION (BI) ON THE FORMATION OF A TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP TO DRAFT THE REQUIRED GUIDELINES FOR THE RELEASE OF THE EXPRESS LANE FUNDS
02 MARCH 2018
Kasama nyo ako at ang aking tanggapan sa pagsisikap na mas mapagbuti pa ang kalagayan ng lahat ng kawani ng Bureau of Immigration....
Noon pa man at hanggang ngayon, bahagi ako ng pagsusulong ninyo na makuha ang inyong nararapat na kabahagi sa BI Express Lane Funds.
Kaunti pa pong pag-unawa at paghihintay ang ating hiling sa lahat.
WE HAVE COME THIS FAR, LET US ALL SEE THIS THROUGH!
- JUSTICE SECRETARY VITALIANO VITALIANO N. AGUIRRE II
Ang aking pagbati sa ating dedicated men and women of the Bureau of Immigration.
Nais ko pong ipabatid sa inyong lahat na kahapon, March 1, 2018, akin pong nilagdaan ang isang liham paanyaya kina DBM Secretary, Benjamin E. Diokno, at kay Commission on Audit Chairperson, Michael G. Aguinaldo, para sa pagbuo ng isang Technical Working Group o TWG ngayong Marso 13, 2018, para magbalangkas ng guidelines sa release ng BI Express Lane Funds.
Ito po ay alinsunod na rin sa Veto Message ng ating Mahal na Pangulong Rodrigo “Digong” Roa Duterte sa 2018 General Appropriations Act o GAA na nagsasabing:
I will allow the establishment of a trust fund to be constituted from the express lane fees and charges collected by the BI for the payment of salaries and overtime to employees of the BI under the Department of Justice (DOJ)-BI, Special Provision No. 1, “Immigration Fees and Collections,” Volume I-A, page 1062, subject to such guidelines as the Secretary of Justice, the Secretary of Budget and Management, and the Commission on Audit may promulgate.” (underscoring and highlighting supplied).
Gusto ko pong ipabatid sa lahat na ang inyong abang lingkod, noon pa man, ay kasama ninyo sa labang ito para sa inyong nararapat na bahagi sa BI ELF. Kasama ninyo ako sa simula, at kasama ninyo ako hanggang sa makamit natin ang mithi ng lahat. Ang guidelines na isusulat ng TWG ang magsisilbing susi para po dito. Samahan nyo kami na ito ay magawa ng maayos para sa inyong mas mabuting kapakanan.
WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!
Maraming Salamat po at pagpalain tayong lahat ng Maykapal!
Date: 02 Mar. 2018 (Fri)
BI to Deport Chinese Fugitive Wanted for Economic Crimes...
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport a Chinese fugitive wanted by authorities in Beijin for economic crimes.
BI Commissioner Jaime H. Morente said 36-year-old Jiang Yabo will be deported following his arrest Monday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) by operatives from the Bureau’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU).
Morente said Jiang was at the airport to send off his parents who were leaving for China when he was collared by the arresting agents outside the premises of the NAIA 2 terminal.
“We will deport him for being an undesirable and undocumented alien,” Morente said, adding that the Chinese government had cancelled Jiang’s passport.
The BI Chief also disclosed that the BI Board of Commissioners already issued a summary deportation order against Jiang on Oct. 27, 2016 after the Chinese embassy in Manila sought the bureau’s help in locating the fugitive.
According to BI Intelligence Officer and FSU Head Bobby R. Raquepo, Jiang has been on the wanted list of the Chinese police since August 2016 by the Jianye branch of the municipal public security bureau in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China.
Raquepo said the Chinese embassy did not provide details about Jiang’s case, except that he is wanted for involvement in economic crimes.
BI records showed that Jiang has not left the Philippines since 2016, the same year he was placed on the Chinese government’s wanted list.
“He has been blacklisted and banned from re-entering the Philippines,” said Atty. Ma. Antonette B. Mangrobang, BI spokesperson.
Mangrobang added that Jiang will be flown to China as soon the BI procures the necessary clearances for his deportation.
Date: 27 Feb. 2018 (Tue)
BI Deports 73 Sino Telecom Fraudsters...
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has deported 73 Chinese nationals arrested more than a month ago in Ilocos and Metro Manila for operating a telecom fraud business that had victimized many of their compatriots.
BI Commissioner Jaime H. Morente disclosed that the deportees boarded a chartered flight of the China Eastern Airlines early Monday night which brought them from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Tianjin, China.
He said the aliens were expelled pursuant to a summary deportation order that the BI Board of Commissioners issued against them for being undesirable aliens as all of them are fugitives who are wanted for economic crimes by authorities in China.
“They are also undocumented aliens because the Chinese government already cancelled their passports,” Morente said, adding that the aliens were also blacklisted as “their continued presence here poses a risk to public interest.”
He said the mass deportation also aimed to declog the bureau’s backlog of deportation cases and hasten the implementation of deportation orders.
According to lawyer Arvin Cesar Santos, BI Legal Division Chief, the deportees were among the more than a hundred Chinese and Taiwanese nationals arrested in raids by joint operatives of the BI and the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group in San Vicente, Ilocos Sur and Las Piñas City last Jan. 13.
Santos said the Chinese police sought the arrest of the suspects after they monitored some 100 internet protocol addresses in China coming from the Philippines.
The telecom fraudsters allegedly pretended to be police officers, prosecutors and judges when calling their victims in China, many of whom are rich businessmen.
“The victims were told that they had cases involving their phone numbers or bank accounts that needed to be investigated after which they would demand payment by asking that the money be transferred to the syndicate’s account,” Santos added.
Seized from the suspects during the raids were several improvised soundproof telephone cubicles, laptops, cellphones, computers, internet routers, and other devices, including a list of their victims.
BI investigators found that the foreigners entered the Philippines using a tourist visa and did not apply for any work permits.
Date: 26 Feb. 2018(Mon)
BI Nabs Korean Wanted for Telephone Fraud...
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is poised to deport a South Korean fugitive wanted by authorities in Seoul for operating a multi-million dollar Telephone Fraud Scheme that victimized many of his compatriots before he fled to the Philippines three years ago.
BI Commissioner Jaime H. Morente disclosed that 35-year-old Jung Hyojin was detained at the Immigration Facility in Bicutan, Taguig after his arrest last Thursday in Malate, Manila by operatives from the Bureau’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU).
Morente said Jung, who is the subject of an Interpol red notice, was issued three arrest warrants by the Seoul Central District Court where he was indicted for organizing a fraud syndicate, an offense that carries a maximum jail term of 10 years.
“Like all the other wanted foreign criminals that we caught after hiding here to avoid prosecution, he (Jung), too, will be deported to face trial in his homeland and receive punishment for his crimes,” the BI Chief said. “His presence here poses a threat to public safety and security.”
Morente added that the fugitive is an overstaying and undocumented alien as his passport was cancelled by the Korean Government.
BI Intelligence Officer and FSU Chief Bobby R. Raquepo said Jung headed a criminal organization in Korea from 2013 to 2015 which defrauded victims of more than $US8 million
Raquepo said the group operated a telecom fraud call center which made phone calls to victims who were coerced to give their money after being harassed and intimidated by callers who pretended to be police investigators.
Investigators alleged that the syndicate operated its business from Feb. 2013 to Feb. 2015 after which Jung and his cohorts disappeared and absconded with the victims’ money.
A check of the BI database showed that Jung fled to Manila on Feb. 23, 2015 and did not leave the country since then.
In celebration of this year’s Liberation Day, February 26, 2018, Monday, is hereby declared as Special Non-Working Holiday in accordance with the Mariveles Municipal Resolution No. 026-2017, “Declaring the Monday Subsequent to the Last Sunday of February of Every Year as a Special Non-Working Holiday for all Public Offices and all Schools in the Municipality of Mariveles, Province of Bataan.”
Date: 22Feb. 2018(Thur)
Immigration Nabs 3 Aliens with Bogus Papers at NAIA...
Bureau of Immigration (BI) Officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have arrested three foreigners in what appears to be another foiled Human Smuggling Operation by an international syndicate.
In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime H. Morente, BI Port Operations Division Chief Marc Red A. Mariñas said those arrested were an African from Cameroon and two Bangladeshi nationals who were intercepted Wednesday as they were about to leave the country.
Mariñas said that like other aliens recently apprehended at the NAIA, “these passengers were clients of an International Human Smuggling Syndicate that manufactures and sells fraudulent and counterfeit travel documents.”
All three aliens are now detained at the BI Wardens Facility Protection Unit in Taguig City pending deportation proceedings.
The Cameroonian, Njang Simon Egbe, was reportedly caught attempting to leave NAIA 3 with a tampered French passport which he used when he entered the country in November last year.
This time, however, his trick did not work as the Immigration Officer who examined his passport noticed alterations in the bio-page of the document which was later confirmed as counterfeit by BI Anti-Fraud specialists.
BI Officials suspect that the African, who was bound for Bangkok, would later use the passport in gaining illegal entry to France.
As for the Bangladeshis, identified as Sayedul Haque Bhuiyan and Md Sakhaowat Hossain Sohag, they were about to depart for Toronto, Canada when they were intercepted at the NAIA 2 terminal.
The two passengers aroused the suspicion of Immigration Officers after they both presented an approved Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to Canada.
Verification with the Canadian embassy revealed that while the said ETAs were genuine, they were fraudulently obtained due to misrepresentation.
The embassy also said the Bangladeshis could not possibly enter Toronto as they did not have visas to enter Canada.
Date: 19Feb. 2018(Mon)
BI to Deport Convicted British Pedophile arrested in Cebu...
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is poised to deport a convicted British pedophile wanted by authorities in the United Kingdom for failing to report his whereabouts in the past two years.
BI Commissioner Jaime H. Morente said 52-year-old Leslie Charles Russon will be expelled following his arrest last Friday in Sitio Campaog, Bgy. Pitalo, San Fernando, Cebu by operatives from the bureau’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU).
Morente said Russon is a registered sex offender who was obliged by the court to periodically notify authorities about his location and address.
However, he said the Briton stopped complying with the notification requirements in September 2015 when he fled to the Philippines and did not return to the UK since then.
“We will deport him for posing a risk to Filipino children whom he might victimize while he continues to remain in the country,” the BI chief said.
He added that no less than officials from UK’s National Crime Agency, which sought Russon’s deportation, had warned that the latter had no intention of returning to the UK, thus his continued presence here poses a risk to children.
According to BI Intelligence Officer and FSU chief Bobby R. Raquepo, a UK court Russon convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison in 1993 for molesting three boys who were under 16 years of age.
Raquepo said the Briton frequently traveled back and forth to the Philippines after serving his sentence.
“When he is in the UK he would register and report his presence to the authorities but he would travel back to the Philippines afterwards,” Raquepo said.
Investigation also revealed that Russon last traveled from the UK to Cebu on Sept. 23, 2015 and presented upon his arrival a return ticket dated Dec. 21 of the same year. He did not board the said flight.
Date: 14Feb. 2018(Wed)
OFWs Returning to Kuwait can Leave - BI...
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said it is now allowing Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait who are currently vacationing in the country to leave and return to their jobs.
BI Commissioner Jaime H. Morente made the announcement upon learning that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has issued a new directive exempting “Balik Manggagawa” passengers from the deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait.
Morente also said that he has instructed Marc Red A. Mariñas, BI Port Operations Division Chief, to make sure that the OFWs returning to Kuwait are properly documented and subjected to the usual Immigration Departure Formalities.
He further disclosed that Kuwaiti-bound Filipinos with short-term non-working visas are also not covered by the ban, thus, they, too, will be allowed to depart.
Earlier, BI personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were compelled to defer the departure of more than a hundred OFWs to Kuwait as they awaited the DOLE’s decision on their fate.
“With this development, there is no more obstacle and impediment for these ‘Balik Manggagawa’ OFWs to return to their jobs in Kuwait,” Morente said.
He added: “As for those who have just been recruited to work in Kuwait. We are sorry but we cannot let you leave.”
Mariñas, however, stressed that BI Officers in all the ports are under strict orders to adopt stricter screening procedures and rigid inspection of all departing passengers.
“It is imperative that our immigration officers exercise extra vigilance in order to thwart attempts by the illegal recruiters and human trafficking syndicates to circumvent the ban by employing all sorts of dirty schemes,” Mariñas said.
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Date: 13Feb. 2018(Tue)
BI Tightly Enforces OFW Deployment Ban to Kuwait...
Immigration Officers in all the International Airports and Seaports nationwide have been ordered to strictly implement the ban on the deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to Kuwait which President Rodrigo Roa Duterte ordered in reaction to the reported deaths and abuse of several Filipinos in the emirate.
Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime H. Morente said he already directed Marc Red A. Mariñas, the bureau’s Port Operations Division Chief, on Monday to immediately enforce the ban and conduct stricter Immigration Formalities on all departing passengers.
Morente said rigid inspection of all departing Filipino passengers is necessary to thwart any attempts by illegal recruiters to circumvent the ban and facilitate the exit of Kuwaiti-bound OFWs through the notorious escort racket at the airport.
“We shall implement this deployment ban to the letter and immigration personnel who connive with the escort syndicates will be dealt with severely,” the BI chief warned.
He urged the public not to hesitate in reporting to his office any BI personnel involved in such nefarious activities.
Mariñas said he has directed Julius Caesar Feria, head of the bureau’s Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU), to instruct his men in all the ports to be doubly vigilant in assessing and monitoring departing passengers.
“I also issued a stern warning to Immigration Officers in all the ports that anyone who engages in the escort racket will be suspended and eventually dismissed from the service for gross misconduct,” Mariñas added.
Mariñas clarified that in the absence of any directive to the contrary, the “Balik Manggagawa” or returning OFWs to Kuwait are likewise covered by the ban.
“All Immigration Officers had been directed to prevent the departure of all OFWs bound for Kuwait.” Mariñas said.