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BI Defends Itself vs Social Media Flak

BI Defends Itself vs Social Media Flak. MANILA, Philippines — A slew of on-line complaints had been thrown in opposition to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) over the previous few months, however the company got here to its personal protection on Thursday when it addressed the controversies allegedly involving its personnel.

BI Defends Itself vs Social Media Flak

Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco stated he had since ordered a probe into the complaints and sought the involved immigration officers to submit their reviews to his workplace.


A slew of online complaints had been thrown against the Bureau of Immigration (BI) over the past few months, but the agency came to its own defense on Thursday when it addressed the controversies allegedly involving its personnel.   

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He then cited the case of a 28-year-old Filipina traveler that reportedly filed a criticism earlier than the Workplace of the Ombudsman in opposition to an immigration officer, who allegedly subjected her to a grueling interview, leading to her lacking her flight.

“Upon verification with the BI’s system, it was confirmed that she offered herself for major inspection solely 23 minutes earlier than the closing of the boarding gate, and was expeditiously processed by the immigration officer earlier than being allowed to depart,” Tansingco stated in an announcement.

Barred from leaving?

The BI chief additionally took observe of a put up made by one other Filipina traveler, claiming that she was banned from leaving the nation due to her energetic United Arab Emirates visa.

Tansingco stated that when the BI had checked her journey data, they discovered historical past of her purportedly departing as a vacationer solely to work within the Arab area regardless of the absence of the required documentation.

The Filipina’s journey then had an analogous journey sample, he famous.

Tansingco additional argued that there’s “purpose to suspect that she could be recruiting Filipinos to Abu Dhabi.”

“That is an investigation we shall be pursuing, having discovered posts of her recruiting for work overseas.  We’re wanting into referring the matter to different authorities companies that may look into the alleged recruitment scheme,” he stated.

Cash for ‘escort’ price

BI then addressed the latest difficulty a few Filipino seafarer certain for France, who was allegedly requested by an immigration personnel to pay P150,000 in trade for help.

“Whereas the act was not consummated, the BI stated that they’re investigating the incident and are ready for the formal criticism from the seafarer,” it stated.

In line with Tansingco, solely round 0.6 % of departing passengers are waylaid “primarily due to a mismatch of their paperwork and their function of journey, or they’ve been discovered to have indications of being victims of human trafficking or unlawful recruitment.”

“Common vacationers needn’t fear when they’re touring overseas,” he added.

An inquiry into the questionable procedures of the BI for departing passengers had already been sought within the Senate following the spate of complaints in regards to the “unprofessionalism and inefficiency” of immigration personnel in airports.

READ: JV seeks probe of BI procedures for departing passengers 

The wave of backlash hounding the BI had additionally prompted the Inter-Company Council In opposition to Trafficking – the place BI is a member of – to vow re-assessment of its procedures because it “plugs the gaps” and “minimizes the inconvenience.”



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