• Immigration officers to face extortion raps


    Three unnamed officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation are in hot water for allegedly abducting four Bangladesh nationals and demanding P.5 million for their release.

    Investigator SPO2 James Poso of the Manila Police District General Assignment and Investigation Section (MPD-GAIS) said the incident took place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday as reported by a certain Joeflor Wasim, 22, friend of the victims.

    The Bangladesh nationals were identified as Mahiudin Ahamed Shapan, Umma Happy Soria, and their children Ibrahim Hasin, 7, and Maisa Mehejabin Soha, 3.

    Wasim said the victims were abducted at BM Boutique located at 946 M. De la Fuente Street in Sampaloc, Manila.

    They were arrested at 10 a.m. allegedly for being illegal aliens, and were asked to board a black government-owned Ford vehicle with conduction sticker 7591. Their passports were forcibly taken from them.

    The victims said they could positively identify the suspects once they see them in person. The suspects allegedly demanded P.5 million in exchange for the freedom of the Bangladesh nationals.

    Wasim, fearing for the lives of her friends, called a lawyer-friend working at the National Police Commission, who immediately mobilized his contacts to reach the proper authorities and demand from the Immigration bureau the release of the Bangladesh citizens.

    After a few hours, Wasim was informed that the victims were released near Baclaran Church in Parañaque City without paying any amount.
    Chief Insp. Arsenio Riparip, head of MPD-GAIS, said charges will be filed before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office once the identities of the Immigration officers are established.


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