With six months left till the end of Noynoy Aquino’s term, remaining scalawags at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) cannot wait till they get back to their old mulcting ways.
I say acting Justice Secretary Alfredo Caguioa must have a look-see of the action at Magallanes Drive where foreigners are seen as prey by “piranhas” at BI.
We’ve given credit where credit is due, thus we’ve lauded Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison’s “Bad Guys Out, Good Guys In” program which got rid of a number of bad eggs among the BI personnel.
Unfortunately, the remaining crooks, which include ranking officials, have made milking cows of some well-meaning foreign nationals, particularly investors.
Instead of going after undocumented and undesirable aliens, such as notorious fugitives, these shameless extortionists at BI prey on legitimate businessmen, who made the Philippines their “second homeland.”
One glaring example is that of Kang Tae Sik, a Korean whom the Korean Embassy and Korean association in the Philippines vouched for, who was a victim of the blackmail syndicate.
After his import business was taken away from him by a mafia with the help of some BI crooks, Kang was framed up in a misdemeanor case and threatened with deportation.
This is but one of the cases that Sec. Caguioa must take a close look into and go after the real bad guys.
Naia extort gang strikes again
Once more, Noynoy’s administration showed how insensitive it is to the plight of overseas Filipino workers when it ignored the latest incident of “laglag-bala” at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
A 56-year-old woman OFW was supposed to depart for Hong Kong when she was stopped by security personnel who found a bullet in the side pocket of her bag.
And then the shocked and scared woman was further humiliated when she was hauled to the Office of Transport Security (OTS) for investigation.
Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado said during a Senate hearing standard procedures dictate that anyone found in possession of a live ammunition has to be detained.
“We’re basing our judgment on the ammunition. Let the court, let the fiscal decide [whether]to let her go or not,” Honrado said.
OFW advocacy groups, however, insisted that Gloria Ortinez has been working as a domestic helper in Hong Kong for 20 years and did not fit the profile of someone who would smuggle a live ammunition abroad.
“Ito po ay beteranang OFW at alam niyang bawal magdala ng ammunition sa Hong Kong,” said Susan Ople of migrants’ rights group Blas Ople Policy Center Ople.
The hearing presided by Sen. Cynthia Villar was tackling the travel tax issue.
Ople suspected that Ortinez may be another victim of the “laglag bala” or bullet-planting extortion racket at NAIA.
“Na-destroy na ‘yung buhay ng tao. May potential na baka hindi pa siya makapasok ng Hong Kong not because of the employer but because naging security risk siya,” Ople said.
We know for a fact that this is not at all an “isolated case” as Malacañang said of the previous similar incidents, including those of an American pastor and a balikbayan woman.
The pastor and the balikbayan revealed that the OTS personnel actually demanded several thousand pesos in exchange for dropping the charges.
Kung bakit napakalakas ng kapit ng opisyal at mga tiwaling tauhan nitong OTS.
Mga patay-gutom! Hindi na kayo nakunsensya sa pagsira ng buhay ng ibang tao.
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