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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

Critics slam U.K. post-Brexit immigration plans

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:48 AM

The new measures will make it easier for more qualified, English-speaking workers to get visas, and harder for low-skilled migrants to do so

BREXIT DISCORD. A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella as they walk near Big Ben. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Britain unveils points-based immigration plan

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:20 AM

Each foreign worker must earn 70 points to be eligible, with a set number of points for each qualification or skill

LOVE. A migrant walks next to a tent tagged with the initials of the United Kingdom, UK, into a heart-shape logo inside the 'Jungle' camp for migrants and refugees in Calais on June 24, 2016. Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP

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

Pentagon shifts $3.8 billion to Mexico border wall construction

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:35 AM

The move takes to $9.9 billion the total the Pentagon has been forced by President Donald Trump to reallocate to the barrier, after Congress repeatedly blocked funding

THE WALL. In this file photo taken on March 13, 2018 US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes with Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott in San Diego, California. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Beyond Hallyu: Acknowledging the Koreans in our midst

Feb 08, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Filipinos love Korean pop culture, but they don't necessarily feel the same way about regular Koreans living in the Philippines

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

U.S. to limit visas for pregnant women to curb 'birth tourism'

Jan 24, 2020 - 10:17 AM

The White House says foreigners are using the visas 'to secure automatic and permanent American citizenship for their children by giving birth on American soil'

DOCTOR'S ADVICE. Sleeping on the side is better for the baby. Image from Shutterstock, CC BY-SA

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

Japan court sentences 2 Filipinas via remote interpreting for the first time

Jan 22, 2020 - 2:48 PM

A Tagalog-Japanese interpreter shown on a large monitor via video link tells the two women the separate rulings of prison terms handed down by the Yamagata District Court

Photo by Kyodo News

Texas will not accept refugees anymore – governor

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:41 AM

Governor Greg Abbott tells the State Department that Texas has to dedicate its resources 'to those who are already here, including refugees, migrants and the homeless – indeed, all Texans'

NOT ACCEPTING REFUGEES. US Border Patrol vehicles are pictured near the Paso Del Norte International Bridge at the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, on September 12, 2019. Photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

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

French citizen dead in U.S. custody – immigration agency

Jan 02, 2020 - 1:26 PM

A statement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) identifies the person only as 'a 40-year-old native of Angola and citizen of France'

DEATHS IN IMMIGRATION. Recently-installed "Bollard" style fencing is pictured on the US-Mexico border near Santa Teresa, New Mexico, on April 30, 2019. File Photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

The indignity of the U.S. travel bans is not about our politicians

Dec 24, 2019 - 1:05 PM

It's true, it is within the United States' sovereign power to block entry to anyone it wishes. But my migration framework prevents me from unequivocally saying that.

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

Flights and fake passports: The 'VIP packages' enticing Vietnamese to UK

Oct 29, 2019 - 2:32 PM

Details of well-oiled smuggling routes spanning Vietnam to Europe are under renewed scrutiny after 39 people were found dead in a truck in Britain

Le Minh Tuan, father of 30-year old Le Van Ha, who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, cries while holding Ha's son outside their house in Vietnam's Nghe An province on October 27, 2019. NHAC NGUYEN / AFP

Lost and rejected, U.S. asylum seekers find refuge in Mexico shelter

Oct 27, 2019 - 12:00 PM

With President Donald Trump’s crackdown on asylum seekers, many are stuck in a vicious cycle: traveling thousands of miles to escape violence and persecution, only to arrive somewhere faced with the same fate

Living on the edge: Life in the U.S.-Mexico border

Oct 12, 2019 - 7:00 PM

A tricky act: Low-income town Douglas in Arizona tries to balance federal and local concerns, as it aims to banish 'myths' about border communities

WALL. The border separating Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Mexico. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Cebu Pacific launches direct Clark-Guangzhou flights

Oct 12, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Cebu Pacific says the new route will cater to the increasing demand for leisure and business travel and will boost investments in the special economic zones in Central Luzon

CEBU PACIFIC FLIGHTS. A Cebu Pacific ATR 72-500 plane during flight. Photo from Cebu Pacific's website

California bans private prisons and immigrant detention centers

Oct 12, 2019 - 12:34 PM

The bill also calls for prisons and immigrant detention centers to be phased out by 2028

MIGRANT DETENTION CENTERS. In this file photo taken on July 1, 2019 two women stand close to a Border Patrol Station as 15 members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus gathered to tour Border Patrol facilities and migrant detention centers in Clint, Texas. Photo by Luke Montavon/AFP

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

[OPINION] UP’s Kobe Paras and the struggles of American life

Oct 01, 2019 - 1:45 PM

The way Kobe described his US life is what the vast majority of OFWs/immigrants experience: unending challenges, isolation, despair, hope, trials, momentary success, and seizing of the few available opportunities

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

U.S. judge blocks Trump move on asylum-seekers

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:15 AM

The ruling by District Court Judge Jon Tigar is the latest setback for Trump's immigration policies, which have been the subject of numerous court challenges

DROPPED OFF. In this file photo taken on June 17, 2018 immigrants wait to head to a nearby Catholic Charities relief center after being dropped off at a bus station shortly after release from detention through 'catch and release' immigration policy in McAllen, Texas. File photo by Loren Elliott/AFP

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

[ANALYSIS] Is Canada becoming anti-immigrant?

Aug 24, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Recent polls suggest that the attitudes of Canadians toward immigration is changing

U.S. says will deny citizenship to immigrants who use public benefits

Aug 12, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Announcing a new definition of the longstanding 'public charge' law, the White House says migrants will be blocked from entering the country if they are likely to need public assistance

SUNRISE. In this file photo, Salvadorean migrants heading in a caravan to the United States, walk at sunrise in Escuintla, Guatemala, on November 1, 2018. File photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Trump condemns racism, white supremacy after U.S. mass shootings

Aug 05, 2019 - 9:21 PM

(UPDATED) In his brief address, the US President makes no mention of two ideas he tweeted hours earlier: tightening background checks for gun buyers and linking gun control reform to changes in immigration law

REFORMS. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

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

As U.S. agents prepare to arrest 'thousands,' migrants live in fear

Jul 14, 2019 - 10:27 AM

Thousands of undocumented migrants wait in fear ahead of nationwide raids that could have them expelled from the United States

JUSTICE FOR KIDS. People protest against the upcoming ICE raids and detentions of refugee asylum seekers at a vigil outside the main ICE detention center (background) in downtown Los Angeles on July 12, 2019. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Trump confirms immigration raids set for the weekend

Jul 12, 2019 - 11:16 PM

'They came in illegally,' Donald Trump tells reporters at the White House. 'They are going to take people out and they are going to send them back to their country.'

IMMIGRATION RAID. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Europe's once biggest migrant center closes in Italy

Jul 10, 2019 - 12:04 AM

Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini says the future is 'in smaller and more controlled centers,' after the final inhabitants were removed last week to be sent to another center in Calabria

MINEO. A view of the 24-hectare complex of the Cara Mineo, a hosting center for asylum seekers. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Bodies of drowned migrant man, daughter back in El Salvador

Jul 01, 2019 - 10:29 AM

A shocking photo of the lifeless bodies of Oscar Alberto Martinez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria lying face down in the Rio Grande has fueled concern and outrage around the world

FATHER-DAUGHTER. The corpses of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Martinez (left) and his daughter Angie Valeria are transported to the forensic service in Matamoros, Tamaulipas State, Mexico on June 26, 2019, after they were found drowned. Photo by Marco Rodriguez/AFP

Who is the Filipino? The complex identities of migrants

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:54 PM

Jasmine Shewakramani, a full-blooded Indian born and raised in the Philippines, could not call herself Filipino for a long, long time