Sister Fox to appeal deportation case before DOJ

admin   •   August 31, 2018   •   2466

Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox

Australian nun Patricia Fox will file an appeal before the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reverse the deportation order of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) against her.

Fox has been accused of participating in political rallies which is prohibited under the Philippine law.

On August 23 the BI denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Fox and upheld its earlier ruling.

In the 3-page decision, BI insisted that the deportation of Fox is an administrative proceeding and that the nun has not presented any new argument in her motion.

Fox’s camp is set to take her case to the DOJ on Monday.

Her lawyers on August 20 requested the Bureau of Immigration to extend her missionary visa which is set to expire on September 5.

Fox’s camp said they are prepared to go to the Supreme Court in case their appeal is denied anew.

Her lawyers warned that Fox’s case should not be ignored as it could set a precedent that could threaten other individuals who wish to carry out missionary work in the Philippines.

4 illegally recruited Filipinos intercepted at NAIA

Robie de Guzman   •   November 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Four Filipinos who attempted to leave the country as tourists bound for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said.

In a statement released on Sunday, BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina said the four men were stopped by immigration authorities at the departure area of the NAIA Terminal 1 last Friday after attempting to board their flight to Abu Dhabi.

The bureau said the four pretended to be tourists bound for the UAE, and planned to proceed to Amman in Jordan before going to Libya where they were allegedly hired to work as aircon technicians and pipe fitters.

“They said they were recruited to work in Libya despite the deployment ban at the initiative of their friends and relatives who are already working there,” Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU) Chief Timotea Barizo was quoted as saying in the statement.

Investigation conducted by immigration officials revealed that the return tickets presented by the four passengers are not valid, thus reinforcing suspicion that they are not tourists and whose real purpose in leaving is to work abroad.

The four also allegedly admitted during questioning that they would go to Libya where high paying jobs await them because of their technical expertise.

“They said they were recruited to work in Libya despite the deployment ban at the initiative of their friends and relatives who are already working there,” Barizo said.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the incident should prompt BI officers at the airport to be stricter in enforcing the ban on the deployment of overseas workers to Libya where a civil war has been raging among groups that want to wrest control of the government.

“We cannot allow our countrymen to be put in harm’s way by working in such dangerous places,” he stressed.

He added that there are many other countries which are peaceful and where Filipinos could make a living for the benefit of their families here.

The bureau also reminded Filipinos seeking job overseas not to skirt deployment policies.

PH deports over 300 Chinese nationals allegedly involved in telco fraud

Robie de Guzman   •   November 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – More than 300 Chinese nationals reportedly involved in telecommunications fraud were deported on Thursday, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said.

In a statement, the BI announced it had deported 312 Chinese nationals who were allegedly part of the group arrested in a massive raid of an office purportedly operating a telecommunications investment fraud scheme in October.

Last October 9, BI operatives stormed an office in Pasay City and found 512 illegal foreign workers, including nationals from Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, China and Indonesia.

BI Intelligence Chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr. called the operation a success after the implementation of the mass deportation.

“They will be deported (Thursday), and we are very much thankful to the NCRPO (National Capital Region Police Office) for assisting us in this operation,” Manahan was quoted as saying in the bureau’s statement.

Of the 312 deported Chinese nationals, 21 were said to be minors who have been turned over to the Chinese Embassy.

The deportees were flown home via five chartered flights.

The rest of the arrested individuals will be transferred to the Immigration’s Warden Facility pending the issuance of their deportation orders and clearances.

Alleged Italian pedophile arrested in Davao City

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – An alleged Italian pedophile has been nabbed in Davao City, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Tuesday.

The BI said the suspect, identified as 57-year old Lorenzo Marchesi, was arrested by intelligence agents on Nov. 8 when he was about to board his flight at the Davao International Airport.

According to BI Acting Intelligence Chief Fortunato Manahan Jr., the suspect was accused of preying on Filipino minors in the south during his frequent visits to the country.

The BI said that a check of the agency’s travel database showed that Marchesi has been going in and out of the country since January this year via the international airports in Davao and Mactan, Cebu.

He was apprehended by virtue of a mission order that was issued by Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente following information of his alleged “immoral activities which makes him an undesirable alien.”

The bureau added that Marchesi is also listed as a respondent in several criminal complaints filed with the Davao City prosecutor’s office and Philippine National Police’s women and children’s protection desk.

“Said complaints range from alleged violation of the expanded anti-trafficking act, cyber crime law, and anti-child abuse act. He was reportedly engaging minors for sexual acts in exchange for money,” the bureau said in a statement.

The BI said a deportation charge for undesirability has been filed against Marchesi.

The suspect is currently detained at the holding facility of the BI district office in Davao City while undergoing deportation proceedings and pending resolution of the criminal complaints that were lodged against him by his alleged victims.

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