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Philippine Immigration News

# German accused BI of extortion
# Foreigners acused Bureau of Immigration ‘CORRUPT’
# 3 Pinays say Immigration agents holding foreigner spouses hostage

Inquirer Global Nation, Sept. 17 – 13Foreigners warned against marching vs pork, The BI said it would arrest and deport foreign tourists caught joining protest rallies in the country, particularly demonstrations set against the pork barrel scam.

Inquirer Global Nation, Sept. 15 – 13BI lets go of Canadian coed in Sona protest, The Canadian student who was detained Friday, almost eight weeks after she joined a protest rally during President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address on July 22, was allowed by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to leave the country on Sunday.

Inquirer Global Nation, Sept. 15 – 13Arrest of another foreigner who attended Sona rally draws flak, Immigration police arrested a Canadian student at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Friday night allegedly for participating in the protest rally during President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address before Congress last July.

InterAksyon, Sept. 14 – 13Rights group, lawyers demand release of Canadian student detained by BI, Human rights activists and lawyers slammed the Bureau of Immigration for arresting and detaining Friday night a Canadian who was on her way home after completing her university internship program in the country.

Rapler, Sept. 14 – 13Canadian citizen who joined SONA rally to be deported, Another foreigner who joined a rally in protest of the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July, was prevented by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) from flying out of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Friday night, September 13.

BicutanDetention, Aug. 27 – 13CHINA TRAVEL BAN ON PHILIPPINES BLAMED ON CORRUPT IMMIGRATION, The tourism industry suffered big losses when Chinese tourists cancelled bookings because of an advisory by the China government to travel agencies and tour organizers to avoid travel to the Philippines

Inquirer Global Nation, Aug. 25 – 13Immigration chief moves top airport personnel around, To help get rid of scalawags in its ranks, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has reshuffled 19 officials assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) and seven other airports.

CNN iReport, Aug. 22 – 13Philippines Denies Human Rights Inspectors, In a bold move, Commissioner Mison, Commissioner of the Philippines Bureau of Immigration (BI), denied investigators from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) access to the Immigration Detention Center.

CNN iReport, Aug. 22 – 13Philippines – Immigration Crimes and Corruption, The Bureau of Immigration in Manila Philippines headed by OIC Commissioner Siegfred B. Mison has been allegedly capturing Foreign Nationals for the sole purpose of extorting large sums of money., Aug. 19 – 13BI sets major overhaul, The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will undergo a major overhaul that will see the reassignment of officers and personnel, especially those who have been staying in their posts for more than five years.

Inquirer News, Aug. 19 – 13BI undergoes total revamp, It’s the Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) turn to undergo a total makeover.

Manila Standard, Aug. 16 – 13Immigration to go after extortionists, The Bureau of Immigration has called on the spouses of three foreigners detained at the Bicutan jail to identify the people allegedly extorting money to fix the dismissal of their cases.

Manila Bulletin, Aug. 16 – 13Complainants urged to name BI extortionists, The Bureau of Immigration (BI) urged yesterday the Filipina spouses of six foreigners detained at its Bicutan jail to reveal the names of persons who were allegedly extorting money from them in exchange for the dismissal of their cases and their release from detention.

SunStar, Aug. 15 – 13Malacanang expects Immigration to bar Napoles, brother from leaving, MALACANANG is expecting the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to do its job well amid the warrants of arrest against businesswoman Janet Napoles and Reynald Lim who are both wanted for serious illegal detention.

Manila Bulletin, Aug. 15 – 13Prosecutor accused of Bribery posts bail, Department of Justice (DOJ) Assistant Prosecutor III Diosdado Solidum Jr., who was caught in an entrapment operation by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents Thursday, posted a bail bond of R60,000 yesterday at the Sandiganbayan for two criminal complaints filed against him by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Manila Standard, Aug. 14 – 13Wives appeal for detained husbands, The Filipino wives of foreign nationals detained by Immigration said they were encouraged by the concern of Officer-in-Charge lawyer Siegfred over their plight.

Global Nation, Aug. 12 – 13Hong Kong warns travel to Philippines, Hong Kong has updated its travel advisory against the Philippines, citing the car bomb explosion in Cotabato last week and the United States’ warning of possible kidnapping threats in Mindanao., Aug. 10 – 13BI releases Janet Napoles posters nationwide, Benjie Villamor of the Bureau of Immigration’s intelligence unit said that the siblings’ posters have been placed on immigration counters nationwide with a directive to all officers to prevent the two from leaving the country.

Inquirer News, Aug. 9 – 13Trader with suspected terrorist ties is back, Why was Fouzi Ali Hussein Bondagjy (not Bondagji, as previously spelled in this column), suspected of having links with international terrorists by the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (Nica), allowed to reenter the country?

CNN iReportPhilippine immigration Controversy with Taiwan and China, The inside story from Bicutan where the Taiwanese were held for a number of weeks is they arrived from Taiwan into Manila on Taiwanese Passports.

CNN iReportCrimes Against Humanity In The Philippines, The Bureau of Immigration in Manila run by OIC Commissioner Seigfred B. Mison has been illegally capturing Foreign Nationals for the sole purpose of extorting large amounts of money.

The Sydney Morning Herald, Aug. 7 -13Australians in trouble abroad need to lower expectations of government help, Foreign minister Bob Carr will announce a “refinement” of the consular assistance available to Australians in trouble overseas, in a move designed to lower expectations of the help the government can provide.

The Manila Times, Aug. 7 -13NBI deports Dutch activist who confronted crying cop for overstaying, The Dutch activist who confronted a sobbing policeman in a rally during the delivery of the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) was held at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for overstaying, right when he was about to leave the country for Xiamen, China.

Manila Bulletin, Aug. 6 -13Dutch activist nabbed by BI at NAIA, Dutch activist Thomas van Beersum has been held at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as he was about to leave the country by immigration officials.

Inquirer Global Nation, Aug. 6 -13Bayan slams detention of Dutch activist, Militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) on Tuesday slammed the detention of the foreign activist who confronted the “crying cop” in the protest rallies during President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) saying it was “plain harassment.”

Inquirer News, Aug. 3 -13After scolding, immigration men get P9.5-M bonus, They all need a little spanking, but they could also use some extra cash.

The Manila Times, Aug. 3 -133 Pinays say Immigration agents holding foreigner spouses hostage, Three Filipino women on Friday accused agents of the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) of holding their foreign male partners hostage.

ABSCBN News, Aug. 2 -13How immigration chief plans to rid bureau of corruption, Bureau of Immigration officer-in-charge Siegfred Mison said reforms are underway to get rid of corruption in his agency.
But in an interview on ANC, Mison admitted it could take time before he can make at least one corrupt immigration personnel turn witness against other erring officials. Watch This Video

The daily TribuneImmigration employees urge Aquino to SACK their newly appointed boss, The group of BI personnel, requesting anonymity for fear of reprisal, asked Aquino to immediately remove Immigration Associate Commissioner Siegfried Mison who they claimed was found to have defrauded the government by using public funds to pay for his personal expenses.

The daily TribuneANOTHER CASE OF DOUBLE STANDARD, Take the case of Siegfried Mison, Associate Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration (BI), who was charged by Felino Quirante, Immigration Administrative Division Chief of the Bureau, with deceit and fraudulent intent to gain, by attempting to pad his actual diesel consumption by including other receipts for other vehicles in order to defraud the government.

Philstar.comMison named Immigration OIC, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has named Associate Commissioner Siegfred Mison as officer-in-charge of the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

Philstar, July 31, 2013Ombudsman monitoring problem agencies, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales is keeping watch over problem agencies that President Aquino mentioned in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last week.

Journal Online, July 30, 2013Trouble dogs former immigration chief, MALACAÑANG is throwing the book at former immigration chief Ricardo David Jr. following a complaint against him and other BI officials by a Greek national for alleged violations of human rights including not allowing him to receive medical and dental treatment.

Journal Online, July 29, 2013BI rights violations decried, Wives of detained foreign nationals at Camp Bicutan yesterday decried what they claim is the human rights violation of several Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents, which is detrimental to the government’s campaign for promoting tourism.

Inquirer News, July 26, 2013BI warns of ‘agents’ harassing foreigners, The leadership gap at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) may be to blame for the extortion of foreigners by unscrupulous persons posing as immigration agents.

Inquirer News, July 22, 2013Aquino rebukes shameless public servants, President Benigno Aquino III dressed down all “makapal ang mukha (shameless)” public servants during his fourth national address before a joint session of Congress Monday.

Manila Bulletin, July 20, 2013New BI Chief vows reforms, Newly designated Bureau of Immigration (BI) head Seigfred B. Mison said he will continue the reforms initiated by his predecessor Ricardo David, Jr. “to professionalize and change the bureau’s image.”

Philstar, July 17, 2013Immigration chief out, Malacañang announced yesterday the resignation of Bureau of Immigration commissioner Ricardo David, a day after the BI spokesperson dismissed the story of his looming departure as rumor. David came under fire recently for the escape of foreign detainees as well as for his refusal to release an American after the latter was cleared of estafa by a Makati City court.

Philstar, July 15, 2013Immigration chief on the way out, Another subject of a presidential dressing down is next on the chopping block.
Commissioner Ricardo David of the Bureau of Immigration will reportedly suffer soon the fate of former irrigation administrator Antonio Nangel, although the latter’s replacement was more swift compared to that of the BI chief, who was appointed in March 2012.

Manila Bulletin, July 12, 2013BI commisioner ordered by Palace to explain alleged arbitrary detention of American national, Commissioner Ricardo David, Jr. of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has been ordered by Malacañang to explain why he should not be charged administratively for the alleged “arbitrary and continuous detention” of an American national arrested three years ago for overstaying.

Manila Bulletin, July 6, 2013Gov’t urged to investigate extortion attempt on South Korean toursits, An in-depth investigation is urged on the alleged extortion committed by immigration workers in Iloilo City against a group of South Koreans. “There’s a need to investigate if it’s true or not,” said Atty. Helen Catalbas, regional director of Department of Tourism (DOT-6).

Journal Online, June 15, 2013Office the President, Office of the Ombudsman ink MOA vs corruption, THE Office of the President and the Office of the Ombudsman inked yesterday a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that aims to strengthen and rationalize government’s initiatives against corruption.

Journal Online, June 10, 13BI ‘dirty linen’ bared, AN onerous “laundry fee” the Bureau of Immigration (BI) is charging cruise ships was uncovered after a lady official of the Department of Tourism (DoT) sent a complaint letter to the office of the commissioner the other day.

Inquirer Global Nation, June 10, 13DOJ orders filing of cases vs immigration personnel over escape of wanted Korean, Ordered charged for Bribery, violation of the Anti-Graft Law, Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees and Grave Misconduct include Immigration Officer/Supervisor Ma. Roselle Sacendoncillo, who is also acting Immigration officer at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2, and Fernando Pedrajas from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

Journal Online, June 3, 13BI exec reprimanded for grave misconduct, A high ranking official of the Bureau of Immigration was reprimanded by the Office of the Ombudsman for grave misconduct, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service and for violation of Republic Act 6713.

Journal Online, June 1, 13BI ‘overcharging’ hit, A major cruise shipping company based in the United States is questioning the alleged “overcharging” by Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel of “laundry fees” for their passengers “to facilitate” the stamping of their passports before they are allowed to step ashore during stopovers in the Philippines.

Sunstar, May 31, 13Suspension on BI officials over illegal arrest of Indians upheld, A month-long suspension on Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers in Iloilo for the illegal arrest of five Indian nationals in 2005 was recently upheld by the Court of Appeals.

Journal Online, May 29, 13BI execs sued, CAMP John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevCo) Chairman Robert John L. Sobrepeña filed a criminal complaint for arbitrary detention and grave coercion against the immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) who prevented him from leaving the country even without a Hold Departure Order (HDO).

Journal Online, May 23, 13BI execs no-show at probe, IMMIGRATION Commissioner Ricardo David Jr., and Antonette Bucasas-Mangrobang, BI acting intelligence chief and spokesperson, were a no-show at the Prosecutor’s Office in Manila, which is conducting a preliminary investigation into the criminal complaint for graft filed against them by Faizal Hussin.

Journal Online, April 26, 13BI Commissioner David approves dual citizenship of Syrian national, YET another scandal hit the Bureau of Immigration after Comm. Ricardo David approved the ‘dual citizenship’ of a Syrian national under questionable circumstances., July 29, 07Pinoy, the second time around,  For Alfred Lehnert Jr., a German national who has been living in the Philippines for almost 14 years now, freedom has a steep price tag – almost a million dollars in life savings, three houses in Cebu and a family.

Manila Bulletin, April 2, 13Immigration Chief will not resign until agency is purged of all corrupt elements, “The immigration chief admitted that some BI personnel are members of syndicates who facilitates the entry and exit of undesirable aliens, and are into the lucrative racket of  helping local fugitives escape to foreign lands.” There are ongoing syndicates in the Bureau of Immigration? What have you done about it Commissioner David?  It is obvious that it must be members of these syndicates that are in the 4th floor legal department to be able to process these illegal facilitation. Has anyone in your department been charged?
“Commissioner David said that despite the management’s all out anti-corruption campaign some insiders still persist in doing under-the-table deals, which to them are normal things to do.”Corruption is normal procedure at the Philippines Bureau of Immigration

Look at these statements from the Philippines Bureau of Immigration website

  • The Bureau of Immigration (BI) deported a total of 635 illegal aliens in 2012 as the agency continued to step up its campaign against foreigners , also add in the current number of 120 detainees presently being held.  THEY WILL HUNT YOU DOWN, ARREST, DETAIN  & DEPORT YOU!
  •   BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. disclosed that the number of aliens deported this year increased by almost three-fold compared to the 153 foreigners expelled last year. He added that all of the deportees were blacklisted and banned from re-entering the country for violating Philippine immigration laws. STAYING 1 DAY OVER CAN GET YOU THIS!
  • Intelligence operatives of the BI Intelligence Division have so far arrested this year a total of 635 foreign nationals for violating Philippine immigration laws.       “All of them were detained at the BI detention center in Bicutan, Taguig and subsequently charged for violating our immigration laws,” David said. NO BAIL FOR JUST A SIMPLE VIOLATION WHILE YOU PROVE YOUR INNOCENCE, YOU ARE ARRESTED, DETAINED & DEPORTED!
  •   BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. disclosed that the Alien Registration Act of 1950 requires foreigners staying in the Philippines to report to the BI within the first 60 days of every calendar year.   David warned that failure to make the annual report will be meted administrative fines and may face deportation proceedings. EVEN THOUGH YOU JUST RENEWED YOUR VISA, IF YOU MISS THIS SMALL STEP, YOU WILL BE ARRESTED, DETAINED & DEPORTED!
  •   BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. disclosed that of the 45 employees who were sacked since January 2011, David added that aside from sacking 45 employees, he suspended 48 other personnel. THIS IS JUST IN 1 YEAR!
  • BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. announced the creation of a new Board of Discipline in the agency that will investigate all complaints against BI officials and employees.  THEY WILL POLICE THEIR OWN CORRUPT EMPLOYEES? ARE THEY SERIOUS?
  • David said the board replaced the BI’s internal affairs unit (IAU) and its supervision was transferred from the bureau’s administrative division to the office of the BI commission, the defunct IAU was undermanned and had difficulty disposing the voluminous complaints and cases it handled. DAVID SHOULD DISCLOSE HOW MANY COMPLAINTS OF CORRUPTION ARE RECEIVED EVERY YEAR.
  • The Bureau of Immigration (BI) assured foreign tourists who wish to prolong their stay in the country that the processing and approval of their applications for extension of stay will be further expedited. Applications for extension of stay by visa-required foreign nationals shall, henceforth, require approval by the commissioner or the associate commissioner to whom such function he might delegate. IS THIS POSSIBLE IF HE IS TRYING TO FIGHT EXCESSIVE CORRUPTION IN HIS OWN BUREAU? HOW MANY FOREIGNERS APPLY AND PAY FOR AN ACR CARD AND NEVER RECEIVE IT?

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