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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

'Unglorious': Netizens outraged over Tony Labrusca’s airport outburst

Jan 05, 2019 - 8:36 AM

Netizens say that what the actor did at the immigration desk was wrong, but shaming him for his alleged sexual orientation is a low blow

UNGLORIUS. Netizens slam Tony Labrusca's behavior towards immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport but called on netizens to stay relevant when talking about the issue.

Tony Labrusca apologizes to immigration officer over airport incident

Jan 04, 2019 - 11:56 PM

'My biggest mistake perhaps was letting my emotion get the better of me and again, I'm sorry,' says Tony

Tony Labrusca prompts immigration warning on limits of Balikbayan privilege

Jan 04, 2019 - 2:53 PM

The ‘Glorious’ actor Tony Labrusca reportedly makes a scene at the airport after he is given only 30 days to stay in the country

AIRPORT OUTBURST. Actor Tony Labrusca reportedly makes a scene at the airport when Immigration Officers only grant him 30-day stay at the Philippines for being an American passport holder. Photo by Rappler

U.S. priest accused of sex abuse arrested in Biliran

Dec 06, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The priest allegedly abused altar boys, who were between the ages of 7 and 12, in his residence and warned them they would go to prison if they told anyone about the molestation

Australian missionary Sister Fox will leave the Philippines – for now

Oct 31, 2018 - 7:58 PM

The Bureau of Immigration requires Sister Patricia Fox to leave by Saturday, November 3

SISTER PAT SAYS FAREWELL. Sister Patricia Fox will leave the Philippines as the Bureau of Immigration denies her an extension of her tourist visa which expires November 3. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Sister Fox now just a tourist after PH downgrades her visa

Oct 26, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Sister Patricia Fox, the Australian nun who angered President Rodrigo Duterte, is given 59 days to stay as tourist in the Philippines

DEPORTATION CASE. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox holds a press conference on May 24, 2018, about the Bureau of Immigration's deportation order against her. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Philippines deports alleged ISIS commander

Oct 16, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Egyptian Fehmi Lassoued is also placed on the Bureau of Immigration's blacklist to prevent him from reentering the Philippines

Photo by PNP/PIO

It’s final: Sister Fox can’t renew missionary visa

Oct 08, 2018 - 1:56 PM

The Bureau of Immigration now requires Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox to apply for a 59-day tourist visa, or else she faces a second deportation case

DEPORTATION CASE. Will Australian nun Sister Patricia become the 4th foreign missionary deported under President Rodrigo Duterte? Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PH to deport Chinese, Korean nationals in bitcoin scam

Oct 05, 2018 - 12:43 PM

The suspects convinced victims to purchase non-existent bitcoin with promise of investment returns

Legarda pushes new law to raise salary of immigration workers

Oct 03, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Senators assure Bureau of Immigration officials that they will be allowed to use the express lane fund to augment the salaries of immigration employees in 2019

IMMIGRATION OFFICERS. An Immigration Officer processes a queue of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera/Rappler

Philippines blocks entry of suspected ISIS trainer

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Suspected Islamic State trainer Naeem Hussain, a 36-year-old Pakistani, makes a second failed attempt to enter the Philippines this year

INTERCEPTED. A suspected ISIS trainer is booked on a flight out of the Philippines after he is intercepted at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga. File photo from Clark International Airport website

Troy Rike just wants to be left alone after Immigration arrest

Sep 29, 2018 - 4:55 PM

NU Bulldogs star Troy Rike admits his mental state isn't in peak form after getting detained by the Bureau of Immigration

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Sister Fox appeals denial of missionary visa extension

Sep 17, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox remains hopeful about the legal process – especially after the guilty verdict against retired Major General Jovito Palparan

IMMIGRATION WOES. Sister Patricia Fox is the 72-year-old Australian nun that the Bureau of Immigration has ordered deported for allegedly engaging in political activities. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Philippines denies extension of Sister Fox's missionary visa

Sep 16, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox is now required to apply for a 59-day temporary visitor's visa, says the Bureau of Immigration

IMMIGRATION WOES. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox appears at the Bureau of Immigration on September 3, 2018, as she considers applying for a tourist visa two days before her missionary visa expires. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippines to deport 'most wanted criminal' of Taiwan

Sep 10, 2018 - 12:35 PM

American fugitive Oren Shlomo Mayer, 37, is accused of chopping up and dumping in a river the body of a 43-year-old Canadian teacher in Taiwan

FOR DEPORTATION. American national Oren Shlomo Mayer, 37, is set to be deported back to Taiwan over the murder of a 43-year-old Canadian teacher. Photo of Mayer from the BI Fugitive Search Unit

Philippines detains 34 Chinese men for working illegally

Sep 06, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The Chinese men got employed as construction workers, says the Bureau of Immigration, adding that Filipinos reportedly cheered when they were arrested

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Sister Fox moves to avoid arrest once visa expires

Sep 03, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Apart from the deportation order against her, Sister Patricia Fox faces another problem: the expiry of her missionary visa on September 5

IMMIGRATION WOES. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox goes to the Bureau of Immigration on September 3, 2018, as she considers applying for a tourist visa two days before her missionary visa expires. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sister Patricia Fox challenges deportation order at DOJ

Sep 03, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra declines the Australian nun's request for a dialogue

Different church groups continue call for justice and end to all these senseless killings and violence as they commemorate today the 9th day of killing of Father Richmond Nilo at Plaza Miranda Manila. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Immigration bribery case is still plunder; bail denied

Aug 31, 2018 - 4:41 PM

A plunder complaint requires a minimum of P50 million. The NBI under former justice secretary Aguirre only recommended charges of graft because of the supposedly missing P1,000.

NOT MISSING. The Sandiganbayan finds that the the total P50 million was not missing P1,000, contrary to the earlier claim by former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

Philippines affirms deportation of Australian nun Patricia Fox

Aug 29, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says Fox can take it all the way up to the courts

PCNE5. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Blacklisted Australian rights activist leaves Philippines

Aug 14, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Gill Boehringer is the latest foreigner ordered out of the Philippines following Australian Catholic nun Patricia Fox, who has been fighting deportation since April

GILL BOEHRINGER. Australian professor Gill Boehringer, 84, poses for a photo inside the airport's day room at the international airport in Manila on August 14, 2018. Photo by AFP.

Fox questions BI for citing Duterte in deportation order

Jul 25, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Saying the Bureau of Immigration 'prejudged' her case, Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox appeals the deportation order issued against her

DEPORTATION ORDER. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox holds a press conference on July 20, 2018, about the deportation order by the Bureau of Immigration against her. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Sister Patricia Fox to challenge BI deportation order

Jul 20, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Sister Patricia Fox's lawyer says the deportation order 'will set a very bad precedent for other missionaries who also want to stand in solidarity with Filipinos'

DEPORTATION ORDER. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox holds a press conference on July 20, 2018, about the deportation order by the Bureau of Immigration against her. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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Philippines orders deportation of Sister Patricia Fox

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Bureau of Immigration blacklists Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox because she allegedly joined political activities in the Philippines

PUBLIC APPEARANCE. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox speaks at the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization on July 19, 2018, hours before receiving the Bureau of Immigration order to have her deported. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After losing workers due to pay cut, BI now has to answer for profit loss

Jul 09, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Bureau of Immigration has to answer for P869 million in lost profit for not collecting express lane fees in 2017 – a big inter-agency problem that caused resignations within the bureau last year

IMMIGRATION OFFICERS. An Immigration Officer processes a queue of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera/Rappler

Philippines orders 3 Methodist missionaries to leave

Jul 03, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The Bureau of Immigration says Methodist missionaries Tawanda Chandiwana, Adam Thomas Shaw, and Miracle Osman engaged in 'political activities,' like Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox

ORDERED TO LEAVE. Methodist missionaries Tawanda Chandiwana, Adam Thomas Shaw, and Miracle Osman have been ordered by the Bureau of Immigration to leave the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CBCP hails 'wise' DOJ move to let Sister Fox stay for now

Jun 19, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, thanks the Department of Justice for its 'wise' decision on Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox

PETITION GRANTED. Sister Patricia Fox is allowed to stay in the Philippines, at least for now, after the Department of Justice nullified a Bureau of Immigration order forfeiting her missionary visa. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Argosino accused as 'main plunderer' in immigration bribery scandal

Jun 13, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Amended charges identify Al Argosino as the main plunderer, apparently to satisfy legal standards introduced by the Supreme Court when it acquitted former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of plunder

BRIBERY SCANDAL. Former immigration Associate Commisioner Al Argosino gets emotional during the Senate Blue Ribbon hearing on January 31, 2017, on the P50-million bribery scandal. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler