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BI warns public anew vs. fixers

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By Jun Ramirez

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) warned the public anew not to transact business with fixers who offer their services for a fee to avoid getting into trouble.

MB FILE - Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente (Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN)

Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente
(ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the reminder following the arrest of an alleged facilitator the other day in Mandaluyong City.

Operatives of the Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP IMEG) apprehended a certain Brigeda Quijano, after she allegedly received P150,000 to facilitate the release of a German national being held at the BI detention facilities in Taguig City.

Morente reiterated his advice to prospective Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) not to seek or accept assistance from so-called ‘escorts’ to leave the country illegally.

Morente said two female victims were stopped from boarding their flights last Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after presenting fake travel documents to work as domestic helpers in Dubai.

The two admitted during investigation that the spurious documents were given at the NAIA by airport employees they met through Facebook.

Morente added that they are currently investigating airport personnel involved in the racket and has limited entry to the immigration area at the NAIA to authorized personnel only.

“Do not fall into the trap set by fixers and escorts,” said Morente, adding that “we have streamlined our procedures to make it easier for travelers to enter or travel abroad.

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