CEBU, Philippines—Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) rescued 17 suspected human trafficking victims who were illegally recruited to work as household service workers (HSW) in the Middle East. Bureau of Immigration Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said the female passengers disguised as tourists were intercepted on Oct. 16 and 17 before they could board their flights to Hongkong and Macau en route to their final destinations in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
“These syndicates will stop at nothing in using every trick they can think of to skirt our ban on the departure of undocumented workers." Bureau of Immigration Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina Immigration authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have reported another modus operandi of human trafficking syndicates wherein female victims are made to pose as nannies of minor children so they could evade immigration scrutiny.
INTRAMUROS, Manila—The management of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) exhorted its officers assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other ports to keep up their vigilance after it was announced that the Philippines retained its Tier 1 ranking in the US government’s human trafficking index for 2019. “I commend and congratulate the men and women of our port operations division (POD) who guard our ports day and night to ensure that countrymen are saved from the scourge of human trafficking,” Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said in a statement. The Philippines retained for the fourth consecutive year its Tier 1 ranking in the recently-released 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report of the US Department of State. Morente said that the rating is “a tribute to your hard work and dedication to your duties as gatekeepers of our country.”
PASAY, Philippines—Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) intercepted 13 Filipino passengers bound for Hongkong who were caught in possession of fake boarding passes that they acquired from a scammer. According to Bureau of Immigration Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina, the passengers consisting of seven men and six women, were intercepted last Monday at the airline counter of Cathay Pacific at the NAIA 3 terminal. Medina said the passengers were immediately turned over to the Bureau of Immigration after Cathay Pacific personnel found that the self-printed boarding passes they presented were not in the manifest and were not issued tickets by the airline.
“It is seems that they are victims of a scammers who prey on the public by selling fake tickets at cheap prices to entice their victims,” Medina said. He added it was only at the airport that the passengers knew they were scammed after the airline informed them that their boarding passes are not encoded in their system. When interviewed by members of the Bureau of Immigration’s Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU), the passengers pointed to one of their female companions as the one who enticed them to buy the plane tickets. The woman, however, claimed that she also did not know that the boarding passes were bogus as these were only given to her by a certain 'Jennifer'. She alleged that she met Jennifer thrice and she was only instructed to distribute the tickets to her companions. According to Bureau of Immigration TCEU Chief Timotea Barizo, during the verification, they found out that some of their hotel bookings were cancelled as well. “They were also allegedly told to wear T-shirts bearing the name of a herbal product during their trip and were instructed to take off the shirts after they are cleared by Immigration,” said Barizo. "It was done to make it seem like they were on an official company trip abroad. Why would they be instructed to misrepresent themselves if there was no ill intention?" she added. Barizo said she suspects that the victims may have been promised jobs abroad, hence the fake tickets and the misrepresentation. "There were too many inconsistencies in their statements and documents," she said. "We suspect they may have been victimized by illegal recruiters," she added. All 13 passengers were eventually turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for assistance and further investigation.
MANILA, Philippines--The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has launched efforts to thwart the entry of foreign terrorists and fugitives into the Philippines during the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, which kickstarted Saturday night at the Philipine Arena. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente disclosed that the Bureau of Immigration has been implementing “Project Riptide” since last week as thousands of athletes and visitors to the games began arriving in the country for the event.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said its officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) thwarted another attempt by a syndicate to spirit seven human trafficking victims out of the country. Bureau of Immigration port operations division chief Grifton Medina said the victims, all women, were intercepted last Thursday at the departure area of the NAIA 3 terminal as they were about to board a Cebu Pacific flight to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
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PASAY, Philippines—Two more suspected human trafficking victims were stopped from leaving by immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for falsifying their birthdates. Bureau of Immigration (BI) Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said the two female passengers, who presented valid overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) documents, were intercepted last Wednesday at the NAIA terminal 1 by members of the Bureau’s Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU). According to reports, the duo attempted to depart via a Scoot Airways flight to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia allegedly to work as household service workers when they were flagged for secondary inspection by frontline immigration officers. Medina said the officers doubted the ages of the passengers as indicated in the passports due to inconsistencies in their answers and their demeanor.
“Because of this incident we were able to thwart an attempt by these trafficking syndicates to spirit their victims out of the country. They mistakenly thought that we are less strict in screening passengers departing in our ports outside of Manila,” Medina added.
MANILA — The Philippines deported Friday 270 Chinese nationals, including those wanted for investment scams, gambling den workers, and illegal and overstaying aliens, the Bureau of Immigration said. Immigration police aided by the Chinese police and Embassy, arrested the fugitives, some of them in Metro Manila's Ortigas business district, the bureau said.
China chartered 3 commercial flights to bring the group back to Xiamen, said BI port division chief Grifton Medina. The deportees are permanently banned from entering the Philippines, he said. The Philippines has seen a spike in the arrival of Chinese tourists and workers since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power in mid-2016 and immediately set about warming relations with Beijing. The influx has had a mixed impact in the Philippines, with authorities suspecting many of the arrivals are working illegally in the online gambling industry.
PASAY, Philippines— Bureau of Immigration Chief Grifton Medina."Our immigration officers found numerous inconsistencies in their statements. They all eventually admitted having United Arab Emirates (UAE) visas in their possession and that their final destination is Dubai where they were recruited to work as household service workers.". Four undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) hired to work as household service workers (HSW) in Dubai were stopped at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for attempting to leave for Bangkok in the guise of being tourists, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said.
PASAY, Philippines: “We welcome foreigners to visit the Philippines—work here, live here, study here, retire here, we welcome aliens as long as they comply with our laws.” Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente.the Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of more than 500 aliens in a raid of an illegal Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company in Pasay City.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said it barred more than 38,000 travelers from leaving the country last year due to its unrelenting campaign against human trafficking in the different international ports. Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente disclosed that the 38,522 persons whose departures were deferred last year is 16-percent more than the nearly 33,000 travelers who were stopped from leaving in 2018.
PASAY, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced that they are implementing an expanded travel ban to include the North Gyeongsang Province, Daegu and Cheongdo in South Korea amidst the Covid-2019 outbreak. According to Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, said expansion follows the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) to include banning of inbound and outbound travel from said region.
An Iranian fugitive wanted for an assault and battery case was intercepted by immigration officers upon her arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last Thursday. Bureau of Immigration (BI) Port Operations Chief Grifton Medina said 31-year-old Zare Bahari Bahareh was immediately excluded hours after she arrived at the NAIA terminal 3 aboard a Cebu Pacific flight from Dubai. Medina said Zare Bahari, who was a respondent to an assault and battery case in Dagupan City was intercepted by Bureau of Immigration men upon seeing that her name had a hit on their derogatory database.
According to BI NAIA Terminal 3 head Bradford Allen So, Zare Bahari was excluded as she was the subject of a red notice from Interpol. So likewise disclosed that during the implementation of Zare Bahari’s exclusion, another Iranian national identified as Minbashi Moeini Morteza approached immigration officials at the arrival area.
PASAY, Philippines—the Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of more than 500 aliens in a raid of an illegal Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company in Pasay City. According to Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, a total of 542 aliens were arrested yesterday evening at the Millenium Building through the joint intelligence operations of the Bureau of Immigration, the Philippine National Police National Capital Region Police Office (PNP NCRPO), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in coordination with the Chinese Embassy. The arrested aliens were mostly male and made up of 442 Chinese, 23 Vietnamese, 25 Malaysians, 3 Indonesians, 45 Burmese, and 4 Taiwanese. “They were arrested for working without permit and for being undocumented aliens,” said Morente. Fortunato Manahan, Jr., Chief of the Bureau of Immigration Intelligence Division revealed details of the operations. “The foreigners were involved in some sort of telecommunications fraud, similar to budol-budol,” he shared. “But their victims are mostly from mainland China,” he added. Meanwhile, Morente clarified the role of the Bureau of Immigration in arresting aliens. “If the alien committed a criminal act, it is under the jurisdiction of the local authorities,” said Morente. “But if we see that there is an immigration violation, we may charge for deportation separately,” he added. The clarification was given by Morente following questions on the role of Bureau of Immigration in arresting foreign nationals. He likewise discussed the procedure of deportation. “It is within our policy not to implement deportation unless local cases are cleared already. If the alien needs to serve time in our local jails then so be it, this is to ensure the full effect of justice,” he shared. Morente then reiterated his warning to erring foreign nationals. “We welcome foreigners to visit the Philippines—work here, live here, study here, retire here, we welcome aliens as long as they comply with our laws,” he said. “Follow our laws or face deportation,” he warned. The aliens are currently detained with the NCRPO in Bicutan, Taguig.
More than 500 foreigners working across six unidentified companies have had their working visas canceled for allegedly submitting fraudulent documents, the Bureau of Immigration announced today. In a statement posted to the Bureau of Immigration Facebook page, the agency said they discovered the fraudulent paperwork after performing two audits. In the first, 469 foreigners working at four companies had their visas canceled. In the second, 59 foreigners working at two other businesses joined the ignominious club.
The workers allegedly submitted fake Alien Employment Permits (AEP), a document issued by the Department of Labor and Employment that is required by the Bureau of Immigration when applying for a working visa. The foreign nationals involved were found to have violated Section 37 of the Philippine Immigration Act, which prohibits misrepresentation or fraud. Among those with their visas canceled were 259 Indians, 230 Chinese, 14 South Koreans, 11 Japanese, five Taiwanese, three Vietnamese, a German, a Burmese, a Nigerian, a Nepalese, a Sudanese, and a Yemeni.
The 528 foreigners will be deported from the country and blacklisted from returning, while the permits of the Bureau of Immigration-accredited agents who processed will also be revoked. Aside from canceling the visas in question, the Bureau of Immigration will bring a case against the six companies involved for allowing the fake AEPs, though it was not immediately clear what sort of fine or other sanctions they face.
INTRAMUROS, Manila--The Bureau of Immigration (BI) warned Filipinos wanting to work abroad against unscrupulous persons using the Internet and social media to recruit overseas workers. Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the warning after learning that many human trafficking and illegal recruitment victims intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were recruited by syndicates offering their services via Facebook and social networking sites.
Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers have intercepted two foreigners at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for attempting to illegally enter and leave the country. In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI port operations chief Grifton Medina said the two aliens were apprehended separately last week upon their arrival and departure at the NAIA 1 and 3 terminals, respectively.
Medina said one of the passengers was a Chinese national who is a wanted fugitive in his country while the other one was an African passenger who presented a spurious passport. It was learned that Chinese national Wang Zhi Qiang, 22, was intercepted at the NAIA 1 morning of Nov. 14 when he arrived via a China Southern flight from Xiamen, China.
He was barred from entering the country after immigration officer Mart Cabansag saw that his name was in the bureau’s database of blacklisted aliens for being a fugitive from justice. The Bureau of Immigration reportedly blacklisted Wang after receiving information from the Chinese government that subject is wanted in his country for involvement in telecommunications fraud.
MANILA,Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has imposed a “no leave, no absence” policy in a bid to address the expected increase of passengers in all terminals during the holiday season and the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the country.
“Our men have been instructed not to go on leave during the peak season to maximize our manpower,” said Grifton Medina, chief of the BI port operations division.
In a statement, he said the BI is expecting the number of passengers in all terminals to increase by at least three percent due to the holiday rush, with an additional increase of around 8,000 delegates coming for the SEA Games. ?
Data from the BI showed that more than 1.5 million passengers arrived in the Philippines in December 2018 alone, while more than 1.2 million people left the country during the same period. ?
To avoid getting stuck in the build up of passengers in all terminals, Medina urged travelers to “arrive early, at least three hours” before their scheduled flights to avoid getting inconvenienced.
“Sudden buildups sometimes happen, especially when there are delayed flights that arrive simultaneously. We appeal to everyone to bear with us should there be some build up, which sometimes happen during peak season,” he added.
But given this, he assured the public that processing in the terminals is now faster than in previous years because of the numerous improvements introduced this year, including the hiring of more than 600 immigration officers.
Medina said the installation of e-gates would also speed up the processing by almost six times or by at least eight seconds from the regular 45-second processing period.
The MWM Terminals Inc., a subsidiary of engineering and infrastructure company Megawide, said it is also ready to accommodate the expected influx of passengers at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) with the upcoming start of the SEA Games.
The venues for the biennial regional multi-sport event include the Mall of Asia Arena and Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. Other venues are in Tagaytay City, Cavite province, and Calatagan in Batangas.
“We expect a significant increase in passenger traffic nearing the days of the events in these areas. We’ve already made the necessary improvements to still ensure passenger convenience,” said PITX general manager Mariano Arroyo Jr.
“Most importantly, PITX will ensure that there will be enough rides to accommodate the higher influx of passengers come SEA Games 2019,” he said.
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) also launched yesterday a 24-hour hotline for the SEA Games. Those who have queries on SEA Games-related issues may text 0915-983-4636 or 0998-325-5626.
Policemen manning the NCRPO Operations Division will monitor the dedicated numbers.
NCRPO chief Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas said in a statement that the police would have prompt responses to the queries, reports and complaints raised to the hotline.
The quadrennial sporting event will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 with about 11,000 athletes and coaches participating in the events.
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MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has warned the public to be wary of scammers following the arrest of 13 Filipino passengers bound for Hong Kong caught in possession of fake airline tickets at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Bureau of Immigration Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said the passengers were intercepted last Monday (July 8) at the airline counter of Cathay Pacific at the NAIA 3 terminal. According to the BI, the passengers were scammed and only found out about it at the airport after the attending airline personnel discovered that their tickets were not encoded in their system. “It seems that they are victims of a scammers who prey on the public by selling fake tickets at cheap prices to entice their victims,” Medina said. According to the initial investigation by the BI’s Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU), the passengers pointed at one of their woman companions as the person who enticed them to buy the plane tickets. The woman, however, said she was not aware that the tickets were bogus. She also couldn’t present credentials of the person who offered her the bogus tickets whom she knew only by the name ‘Jennifer’.
BI TCEU Chief Timotea Barizo confirmed also that their hotel bookings were cancelled as well. “They were also allegedly told to wear T-shirts bearing the name of a herbal product during their trip and were instructed to take off the shirts after they are cleared by Immigration,” said Barizo. “It was done to make it seem like they were on an official company trip abroad. Why would they be instructed to misrepresent themselves if there was no ill intention?” she added. Barizo suspects that they have been victimized by illegal recruiters who promised jobs abroad. All 13 passengers were eventually turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for assistance and further investigation
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