FOLLOWING reports that human trafficking syndicates here and abroad are planning to take advantage of the holidays to spirit their victims into and out of the country, Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other airports have been placed on heightened alert before the Halloween break.
BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said that in compliance with the instructions of Justice Secrertary Menardo Guevarra and BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, he has directed all of the bureau’s airport terminal heads and supervisors to immediately implement strict immigration assessment as part of ‘Oplan Undas’ which will last until November 4.
“We have received intelligence reports that human traffickers and illegal recruiters will be sending many of their victims to travel abroad this week. They are mistaken if they think we will lower our guard during the peak season,” Medina said.
Membrs of the Bureau’s newly-reshuffled Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU) were instructed to conduct secondary inspection of departing Filipinos with doubtful purpose of travel.