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BI finds probable cause to deport Chinese girl in taho-throwing incident

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 11:48 AM

Photo by Pau Mesias

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) Legal Division recommended the deportation of Chinese national, Zhang Jaile, the woman who threw taho or beancurd pudding at a police officer at MRT-Boni Avenue station on Saturday (February 8).

According to the BI, Zhang violated the MRT management’s policy against bringing in and consuming food items inside the train station and for disrespecting a person in authority by throwing ‘taho’ at the officer who was just doing his job of enforcing the station’s policy.

“Our legal team saw that there was probable cause to file a deportation case against her,” said BI spokesperson, Dana Sandoval.

Sandoval noted that once the deportation charge against Zhang is approved, she will be placed automatically under BI’s watchlist.

Sandoval also said that Zhang’s action was a clear violation of immigration laws concerning foreign nationals residing in the country.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, meanwhile, expressed dismay over Zhang’s action.

“This is an utter display of disobedience and arrogance against a person of authority. The Bureau will not tolerate such acts, as this shows disrespect to the country,” he said.

Zhang arrived in the Philippines in October 2018 on a special resident retiree visa.

She is a freshman student taking up Bachelor of Fashion at the School of Fashion and Arts (SoFA) Design Institute in Makati City. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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BI to foreigners: No extension of March 1 deadline for annual report filing

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 07:29 PM

Foreign nationals arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport 

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign nationals living and working in the Philippines have until March 1 to file their respective annual reports to the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, foreigners are encouraged to report to any BI satellite office across the country to process their documents in order for their stay to remain legal.

The country’s Alien Registration Act of 1951 requires BI-registered aliens with immigrant and non-immigrant visas to do annual reporting within the first 60 days of a calendar year.

The annual reporting started on January 1 and will run until March 1 and will no longer be extended.

Overstaying foreigners may face sanctions in a form of fine or prosecution that may end up in deportation.

A registered alien is required to present his or her alien certificate registration identity card (ACR I-Card) and pay P300 annual report fee and P10 legal research fee.

Those who are still overseas must report 30 days upon return to the country, provided that they have valid re-entry permits.

Meanwhile, alien minors aged 14 and below, parents or guardians need to report on their behalf.

The list of BI’s satellite offices, guidelines and forms can be accessed and downloaded from the BI’s website www.immigration.gov.ph. – Marje Pelayo

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Immigration Bureau heightens alert status for possible entry of foreign terrorists

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 04:13 PM

Facade of the Bureau of Immigration building.

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has alerted all its personnel for possible entry of foreign terrorists in the country following the fatal explosions in Jolo, Sulu.

“I have instructed our Port Operations Division to alert all its personnel and be on the lookout for suspected foreign terrorists who might attempt to enter the country,” Commissioner Jaime Morente said.

Chief Port Officer Grifton Medina assured, meanwhile, that immigration officers at seaports and airports have been directed to carefully check the credentials of arriving foreign nationals.

“They were reminded to make sure that only aliens who are properly documented and are legitimate travelers with valid reasons in coming here are admitted,” Medina said.

The BI is now coordinating with international intelligence agencies for their database of international terrorists to block them from entering the country.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) likewise has ordered to intensify security measures in all transport terminals in the country, especially in Metro Manila where the largest of population resides.

It was in 2000 when Metro Manila was terrified by the infamous ‘Rizal Day bombing’ in LRT Blumentritt station that killed 10 people and wounded more than a hundred commuters. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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Knives, blades other contraband seized in BI jail shakedown

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 24 January 2019 03:18 PM

Contraband seized during a surprise inspection at the Bureau of Immigration warden facility

MANILA, Philippines — Several officials of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday (January 23) conducted a surprise inspection at the BI warden facility where more than two hundred undesirable aliens are temporarily held facing deportation proceedings.

The inspection stemmed from an intelligence report on the increasing number of contraband that have slipped through security measures of the facility.

The operation was led by Atty. Jesselito Castro together with BI operatives from the Intelligence Division and Special Operations Unit of the National Capital Region Police Office

Items seized by authorities include mobile phone accessories, portable air -conditioning units, portable Wi-Fi, knives, scissors, laptops, DVD players, playing cards and lighters.

The BI said that the previous administration had been lax with the detainees by allowing them access to gadgets.

But after receiving information that sharp objects have found their way inside the detention facility, tougher restrictions will now be implemented.

The Bureau warned that similar operations will continue while concerned personnel will face investigation for negligence in performing their duties. — JL Asayo

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