A STRONGER border security, better public service and putting foreign drug suspects in jail.
These, according to Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente, is his administration’s priority, as he addressed the BI employees during the bureau’s 76th founding anniversary held in its main office in Intramuros, Manila, yesterday.
The BI chief said that already, more personnel are being deployed to its border crossing stations in the South in order to prevent backdoor departures by human trafficking and illegal recruitment victims.
Only recently, it was learned that the BI had intercepted several undocumented Filipino workers who returned and admitted that they left the country via the southern backdoor. As a result, several BI personnel were placed under investigation as the victims recounted how they left with the help of syndicates and the immigration officers who stamped their passports.
Morente also cited the recent apprehension of 177 Indonesians with Philippine passports while attempting to leave for the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, as a major breakthrough in the BI’s efforts to tighten border security.
This, as operations against foreign drug suspects will be heightened in support of the government’s all-out war against illegal drugs.
As of this writing, it was learned that the BI has already filed charges against several foreigners, mostly Chinese and Taiwanese, who were arrested in raids on shabu laboratories and in buy-bust operations by the police.
He likewise vowed to pursue without letup the drive against foreign fugitives, even as he reported that nearly a hundred of these wanted men were arrested in various parts of the country from July to the first week of August.