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No charges yet: PH settles for immigration alert on Chinese clinic operators

May 28, 2020 - 6:44 PM

Unless charged in court with a hold departure order, the Chinese nationals cannot be barred from leaving the country

UNDERGROUND CLINIC. Philippine Coast Guard personnel test Chinese nationals for COVID-19 inside the Fontana Leisure Parks in Clark Freeport Zone where an underground clinic was discovered. Contributed photo


PH gov't moves to deport Javier Parra

May 22, 2020 - 5:01 PM

The Bureau of Immigration says it has filed charges against Javier Salvador Parra for 'undesirability and for 'overstaying'

ENCOUNTER. Javier Salvador Parra confronts policeman Senior Master Sergeant Roland Madrona before he is arrested on Sunday, April 26. Rappler screenshot

Overstaying? Immigration bureau probes status of Javier Parra in PH

Apr 28, 2020 - 2:10 PM

The Bureau of Immigration is probing the status of Spanish citizen Javier Salvador Parra, who had an altercation with a cop over quarantine rules in his Makati village

ENCOUNTER. Javier Salvador Parra confronts policeman Senior Master Sergeant Roland Madrona before he is arrested on Sunday, April 26. Rappler screenshot

Immigration bureau to decongest detention center after QC jail virus outbreak

Apr 22, 2020 - 1:52 PM

So far, the Bureau of Immigration has released 3 pregnant women. Two are out on bail, while the last one has been deported.

BORDER CONTROL. Bureau of Immigration personnel are the country's frontlines in securing its borders. File photo by Jae Maryanol/Rappler

Immigration bureau appeals for masks, gloves for staff

Mar 23, 2020 - 12:35 AM

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente says they are finding it hard to get masks and other personal protective equipment for their frontline personnel

Gov't changes mind again: OFWs, balikbayans, foreigners can fly during lockdown

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:20 PM

(UPDATED) As of late Tuesday evening, March 17, the government is allowing OFWs, balikbayans, and foreigners to take international flights out of Luzon for the entire lockdown period

CORONAVIRUS. Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13, 2020, following President Duterte's announcement of a community quarantine on March 15 to prevent to prevent the spread of covid-19. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

FALSE: DOH, immigration 'bulletin vs Chinese man who fled virus quarantine'

Mar 10, 2020 - 8:50 PM

The Bureau of Immigration says the story of a foreigner's escape from NAIA's quarantine area is a hoax

Duterte to sack fraternity brothers, allies at BI

Mar 04, 2020 - 12:01 PM

'It grieves me to do it,' says President Rodrigo Duterte of his decision to fire people he had known for decades, due to the Bureau of Immigration bribery scandal

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-appointed government officials in Malacañang on March 3, 2020. Photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

POGOs linked to crimes: Forged PH passports, money-laundering, sex trafficking

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATE) Here's a rundown of issues hounding the opaque Philippine offshore gaming operations industry

POGO. A screen shows how online gambling is done. Photo by Rappler

With a monthly salary of P12,000, BI security guard's net worth is P7.8 million

Mar 02, 2020 - 5:32 PM

'Hindi na po ito bago, classic corrupt moves ito,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

MILLIONS WORTH. Fidel Mendoza, allegedly with an item of Security Guard but serves as staff assistant to former immigration officer Marc red Marinas, at the continuation of the hearing on the payout system called 'Pastillas' scheme involving Bureau of Immigration officers at the NAIA terminals on March 2, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Immigration officials 'deny to death' participation in pastillas scheme

Mar 02, 2020 - 4:24 PM

Immigration officer Ralph Garcia denies he was the person behind the 'RG Garcia Ralph' codename – supposedly the administrator of a Viber group for the moneymaking scheme

NOT INVOLVED? Immigration officials allegedly involved in the 'Pastillas' scheme at the continuation of the hearing modus involving Bureau of Immigration officers at the NAIA terminals on March 2, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ to evaluate BI whistleblower for witness protection program

Feb 21, 2020 - 1:59 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says Immigration Officer Allison Chiong, the whistleblower in the POGO bribery mess, is now under provisional coverage of the program

JUSTICE CHIEF. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra attends a budget hearing in Congress on September 5, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte says he 'loves' immigration chief Morente amid POGO bribery mess

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:54 PM

Does the President exempt Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, a former Davao police chief, from accountability for the bribery scheme that let illegal Chinese workers slip into the country?

IMMIGRATION CHIEF. Bureau Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente in July 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

‘Pastillas’ scheme top gun appointed by former justice secretary Aguirre – Morente

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:37 PM

Former BI deputy commissioner Marc Red Mariñas, installed by former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, appointed 3 officials that facilitated bribes from Chinese POGO workers

The officers from the Bureau of Immigration at the resumption of the inquiry into the alleged payout system called “Pastillas” to the immigration officers at the NAIA Terminal 1. February 20, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Majority of immigration officers part of 'pastillas scheme' – BI whistleblower

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:56 PM

Whistleblower Allison Chiong says immigration officers in NAIA Terminal 1 receive as much as P20,000 a week in the bribery scheme

WHISTLEBLOWER. Immigration Officer 1 Allison Chiong tells all at the Senate hearing on POGO operations. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte sacks immigration officials, employees over POGO bribery scheme

Feb 20, 2020 - 3:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte found 'probable cause' to investigate allegations that immigration officers have taken bribes to let illegal Chinese workers slip into the country, says his spokesman

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the Philippine Air Force Change of Command ecremony at the Col. Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on January 16, 2020. Malacanang photo

BI sacks heads of NAIA terminals as it probes bribery claims

Feb 18, 2020 - 1:12 PM

Bureau of Immigration spokesperson Dana Sandoval says the officials 'were removed from their posts due to command responsibility' while the BI investigates the alleged 'pastillas' scheme for arriving POGO workers

NAIA. The facade of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

‘Magkano at hanggang kanino?’: Hontiveros reveals bribery in entry of POGO workers

Feb 17, 2020 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) The senator confronts immigration officials at a hearing after an informant alleges that the entry of POGO employees is facilitated for P10,000 per person

Senator Risa Hontiveros, chairperson of Senate Committee on Women, Children Family Relations and Gender Equality, presides the senate inquiry on the sexual trafficking connected to POGO operations in the country. February 17, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

300 Chinese stranded in PH due to coronavirus travel restrictions

Feb 03, 2020 - 12:34 PM

Bureau of Immigration Spokesperson Dana Sandoval says the Chinese embassy has pledged to send an aircraft to fetch Chinese stranded in the country

CORONAVIRUS WATCH. Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against novel coronavirus as they monitor arriving passengers from China using thermal scanners. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

2 ships from China arrive in Manila, get coronavirus clearance

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Bureau of Quarantine concludes the ships' passengers and crew are free of the novel coronavirus, shortly after the vessels docked at the Port of Manila

CRUISE SHIP. The World Dream Cruise Ship arrived in Manila from Hong Kong on January 28, 2020. The Bureau of Quarantine declared its passengers free of the novel coronavirus. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

PH suspends visa on arrival for Chinese visitors due to coronavirus scare

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:44 PM

There is no policy to bar Chinese visitors in general, so those who have other valid visas can still enter the Philippines, says Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente

CORONAVIRUS SCARE. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the reports of new strain of Coronavirus from China and spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PH tracks down, now monitoring family of HK's suspected coronavirus patient

Jan 23, 2020 - 2:12 PM

An Advanced Passenger Information System has been set up and is set to be operational by the end of the month

N-COV. The government monitors passengers arriving at the Manila airport due to the novel coronavirus from Wuhan, China. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Chinese men sought immigration referral from Filipina they tried to abduct

Jan 23, 2020 - 8:01 AM

The Filipina says the men who tried to take her claimed that she owed them around P300,000

PHOTOS COURTESY OF MAKATI POLICE

PH soon to have single online portal for prisoner, criminal data

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:21 PM

But agencies are yet to digitize their data that will be uploaded to the newly-launched National Justice Information System (NJIS)

PRISONERS. Convicted prisoners at the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. Photos by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

342 Chinese POGO workers without visas set to be deported

Dec 20, 2019 - 7:46 PM

POGOs are the country's fastest-growing industry. They have caused friction because of allegations of widespread tax evasion and the influx of tens of thousands of immigrant workers.

GAMING WORKERS. The Phil-Asian Gaming Expo at SMX Convention Center in Pasay on July 12-14, 2019. File photo by Rappler

Locsin: Stamp with PH EEZ to be used on all foreign passports

Nov 08, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'Full Extent of Our Sovereignity. Full stop,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

FRONTLINES. Bureau of Immigration personnel are the country's frontlines in securing its borders. Photo by Jae Maryanol/Rappler

Gordon to BI: Ensure that foreigners entering PH not involved in drugs

Nov 06, 2019 - 10:51 PM

'Almost all of shabu smuggled into this country come from China, under the control of Chinese nationals. This problem is so serious,' says Senator Richard Gordon

NINJA COPS REPORT. Senator Richard Gordon sponsors Committee Report 17 on the ninja cops issue before the Senate plenary. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH resumes stamping Chinese passports with disputed 9-dash line

Nov 06, 2019 - 11:10 AM

Immigration chief Jaime Morente says the policy update is a better security protocol because 'sheets of papers can easily be lost'

NEW RULE. The Bureau of Immigration will now stamp Chinese passports that bear the disputed nine-dash line claim over the West Philippine Sea, ending a 7-year practice by the Philippine government. File photo

New deportation rules in PH: Leave country pending appeal

Nov 01, 2019 - 3:06 PM

The new rules are set to take effect end of November

DEPORTATION RULES. The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has jurisdiction over deportation cases. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Upon PH request, U.S. cancels visa for alleged drug queen

Oct 02, 2019 - 3:45 PM

'The BI is now working with US immigration authorities to effect her deportation to the Philippines,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

DRUG QUEEN.' Guia Gomez Castro is accused of being in cahoots with "ninja cops" in Manila. Photo from Manila PIO

Duterte approves use of express lane fees for immigration workers' pay in 2019

Oct 01, 2019 - 4:31 PM

The decision, also made in the last fiscal year, is needed to raise the low salaries of Bureau of Immigration personnel until the passage of an immigration modernization law

Photo by Jae Maryanol/Rappler

Woman tagged as 'drug queen' by Manila police has left PH

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:13 PM

(UPDATED) Guia Gomez Castro left the country on September 21, according to the Bureau of Immigration

DRUG QUEEN? Manila Police District tags as a "drug queen" Guia Gomez-Castro, a barangay chairwoman in Sampaloc, Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Over 8,000 foreign POGO workers lack permits – DOLE

Sep 17, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Bureau of Local Employment Director Dominique Tutay says 1,693 have since applied for the required alien employment permit, while a list of 6,678 others who did not was given to immigration

ILLEGAL WORKERS. The Department of Labor and Employment says over 8,000 foreign workers in POGOs did not have required working permits as of June 2019. Photo by Rappler

BI arrests 277 illegal Chinese workers in Pasig

Sep 13, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Immigration officials initially target 4 fugitives wanted in China for economic crimes but find 273 other undocumented Chinese workers engaged in illegal online operations during the raid at Ortigas Center

DOJ puts 1,914 freed convicts on immigration lookout

Sep 05, 2019 - 11:03 AM

(UPDATED) Subjects of an immigration lookout bulletin order cannot be stopped from leaving the country but President Duterte has told airport authorities not to let those on the list leave

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

American woman caught with 6-day-old infant in belt bag at NAIA

Sep 04, 2019 - 2:12 PM

(4th UPDATE) The baby boy has been turned over to the DSWD, says the NBI

INFANT HIDDEN IN BAG. 43-year-old American national Jennifer Talbot is caught at the NAIA Terminal 3 hiding a 6-day-old infant in her belt bag. Photo courtesy of Bureau of Immigration

PH 'refining' visa on arrival for Chinese due to overstaying issues

Aug 02, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Triggered by statements of concern on the influx of illegal Chinese workers, the Bureau of Immigration is also now considering the possibility of scrapping the scheme altogether

Mar Roxas: Stop ‘automatic’ visas for Chinese

Apr 22, 2019 - 11:43 AM

The Bureau of Immigration started granting visas on arrival to ‘qualified’ Chinese nationals in 2017

CHINESE WORKERS. Opposition senatorial bet Mar Roxas says the Philippine government must stop its visas-upon-arrival scheme for Chinese. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Duterte: Suspend 18 immigration personnel for 'extorting' from Koreans

Apr 08, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Immigration bureau personnel allegedly tell Korean nationals they are 'fundraising' for the senatorial campaign of former Duterte aide Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 31st Annual Convention of the Prosecutors' League of the Philippines at the Asturias Hotel in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on April 4, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Xian Gaza airport story fake news – Immigration

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The Bureau of Immigration says there were no warrants of arrest against controversial social media personality Xian Gaza when he left the country in 2018

FAKE NEWS? Immigration spokesperson Dana Sandoval that Xian Gaza's departure from the Philippines was 'nothing out of the ordinary.' Photo from Xian Gaza's Facebook account

U.S. fugitive wanted on child porn charges arrested in Pampanga

Mar 18, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The arrest follows a nearly two-year search for Joel Aquino Pasay, who was indicted in May of 2017 for the receipt of child pornography

Korean drug smuggler arrested in Caloocan

Mar 15, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Lee Yun-sung, 49, is facing arrest warrants from at least 3 different South Korean courts for drug smuggling

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PH Immigration jails Chinese student who threw taho at cop

Feb 13, 2019 - 11:26 AM

Immigration authorities arrest and detain 23-year-old Zhang Jiale for purposes of deporting an ‘undesirable alien’

DETAINED. Immigration authorities detain Zhang Jiale for the purpose of deporting the 'undesirable alien.' Earlier mugshot courtesy of Mandaluyong police

Foreign student who threw taho at cop indicted for direct assault

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:20 PM

(UPDATED) Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Leynard Dumlao says Zhang Jiale's action is considered 'deliberate and serious defiance' of a cop who was performing his duties

INDICTED. Foreign student Zhang Jiale throws a cup of taho at Police Officer I William Cristobal. File photo from Mandaluyong police

BI lawyers seek deportation of taho-throwing foreign student

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente says the taho-throwing incident, which he called a display of arrogance, 'shows disrespect to the country'

TAHO INCIDENT. Foreign student Zhang Jiale could soon be deported from the Philippines for throwing taho at a policeman. Photo from Mandaluyong police

Bureau of Immigration sets stricter work permit requirements for foreigners

Feb 06, 2019 - 6:06 PM

The Bureau of Immigration says it will not grant work permits to foreigners seeking blue-collar jobs to ensure that they don't 'take away jobs' from Filipino workers

STRICTER RULES. The Bureau of Immigration has imposed stricter work permit requirements for foreigners. Photo by Jae Maryanol

PH immigration on heightened alert after Jolo bombing

Jan 29, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Foreigners ‘who cannot satisfactorily explain their purpose in coming here are to be turned back and booked on the first available flight to their port of origin’

BOMBINGS. Policemen and soldiers stand outside bomb-hit church in Jolo, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao, on January 27, 2019. Photo by Nickee Butlangan/AFP

Sombero asks Supreme Court to stop immigration plunder case

Jan 22, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Wally Sombero, the alleged middleman in the bribery of immigration officials, appeals for a temporary restraining order to stop his trial at the Sandiganbayan

PLUNDER. Wenceslao "Wally" Sombero surrenders to the Philippine National Police (PNP) NCRPO Director Oscar Agbayalde at Camp Crame on on April 11, 2018 after the Sandiganbayan ordered his arrest over the Immigration bribery plunder case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Probe into Tony Labrusca 'procedural' – immigration

Jan 17, 2019 - 5:25 PM

But the actor has also reportedly filed a petition to be recognized as a Filipino citizen which, if granted, would render deportation cases moot

IMMIGRATION TROUBLE. Tony Labrusca makes waves for all the wrong reasons. Photo from Tony Labrusca's Instagram

Immigration puts Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo on lookout list

Jan 08, 2019 - 5:01 PM

8 other personalities are also on the lookout

ALLEGED MASTERMIND. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is accused of hiring a private armed group to kill AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler