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
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)
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 04:13 PM
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)
by admin | Posted on Thursday, 24 January 2019 03:18 PM
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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