SCALAWAGS at the Bureau of Immigration (BI), including those who had gone AWOL and those with derogatory records, have been resurrected at the bureau’s “juicy” positions.
They used to belong to a syndicate that reigned at the major airports and raked up over P200,000 per day or P6 million per month before they were disbanded in a cleanup started by former Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. and continued by Commissioner Siegfred B. Mison.
Now, huge amounts are allegedly being extorted again from just about everybody, including those already excluded for being fugitives from their home country.
Conversely, innocent and well-meaning foreigners are “blackmailed” and threatened with exclusion on frivolous grounds to extract grease money.
Insiders said immigration personnel at NAIA have been ordered to allow the entry of undesirable aliens at P500,000 per head.
I also gathered that BI’s NAIA personnel have been encouraged to take bribes from outgoing Filipino overseas contract workers (OFWs) with questionable documents at P50,000 per head. This is tantamount to human trafficking!
It’s alarming if immigration personnel were really instructed to let in foreigners of dubious character in exchange for P500,000 each.
A former member of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Mison must know this endangers national security as foreign terrorists may sneak into the country.
The predicament at BI developed since Justice Secretary Benjamin Caguioa designated Associate Commissioner Gilbert Repizo as “Commissioner Officer-in-Charge” on all BI’s border operations at international airports and seaports.
Liberal Party’s Repizo, best known as the lawyer of P6 billion housing scam mastermind Delfin Lee, figured prominently in the massive bribery scandal in the Wang Bo deportation case “investigated” by a congressional committee months ago.
Chinese online gambling lord Wang Bo sought haven in the country by bribing some BI officials years back.
Mison pressed for his deportation but Repizo authored the controversial BI resolution allowing Wang Bo to stay.
Makati LGU allows illegal casinos to prosper
Months after it was informed about the proliferation of illegal online casinos in their city, the Makati local government has not lifted a finger to curb this form of illegal gambling.
The Makati Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) has continued to turn a blind eye on the complaint despite losing millions in revenues annually.
Surprisingly, even Makati Mayor Kid Peña has kept quiet during the past few months despite learning of the influx of illegal online casinos in his area of jurisdiction.
Observers therefore believe that Mayor Peña and his subordinates at the BPLO allow the continuous operations of this illegal form of gambling in exchange for a hefty sum of money from its Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean operators.
How does Peña expect to win in the upcoming elections if he allows illegal gambling in Makati?
This guy will certainly lose against Abby Binay.
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