7 Vietnamese nationals barred entry to the Philippines

Marje Pelayo   •   February 11, 2021   •   566

MANILA, Philippines The Bureau of Immigration (BI) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has denied the entry of seven Vietnamese nationals found to be misrepresenting the purpose of their travel.

A statement released by the immigration bureau said the seven Vietnamese were intercepted on separate occasions at the NAIA Terminal 2 arrival area after flying in from Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore.

“We intercepted the first batch of three passengers on February 9, and denied their entry to the country,” BI Port Operations Division Chief Atty. Candy Tan stated in her report.

“However, we were surprised to find that another four arrived the following day,” she added.

The officer said the group showed that they were endorsed by an IT and business solutions company in the Philippines. 

However, when asked how they are connected to said company, all seven gave conflicting answers and admitted they only met at the Vietnam International Airport.

“When asked, they had no knowledge of IT or the workings of their alleged company.  They were unable to establish their purpose of travel,” Tan said.

“Hence they were excluded and boarded on the next available flight back to their port of origin,” she added.

The seven were excluded under Section 29(a) 5 of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente reminded port personnel to strictly monitor arriving passengers despite the easing of travel restrictions in the country. 

“All immigration officers must strictly assess arriving passengers to ensure the legitimacy of their purpose of travel,” said Morente.

P6.5 million worth of Ecstasy pills seized in Pasay City

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2021

 MANILA, Philippines – A shipment of ecstasy tablets from Germany was seized at the Central Mail Exchange in Pasay City, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

In a statement, the BOC said the illegal drugs confiscated on Wednesday was estimated to have a market value of P6,570,500.00.

The operation was conducted by the bureau’s operatives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), in cooperation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group.

Initial examination of the parcel revealed two improvised pouches, which contained a total of 3,865 hexagon tablets and skull tablets later confirmed as ecstasy tablets.

“The seized illegal drugs are now under the custody of PDEA for case profiling and build up against persons responsible,” the BOC said.

Individuals behind the shipment may face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act 2002 (Republic Act No. 9165) in relation to Section 119 (Restricted Importation) and Section 1401 (Unlawful Importation) of Republic Act No. 10863 otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), it added.

 

NAIA ops resume after lowering of lightning red alert to yellow

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have resumed after PAGASA lowered the lightning red alert status to yellow.

According to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), flight and ground activities at the NAIA reopened after the state weather bureau determined that thunderstorms no longer pose a threat to its operations.

PAGASA has categorized Maring into a severe tropical storm. According to its 2 p.m. bulletin, the weather disturbance continues to accelerate closer to the Babuyan Islands.

Based on current forecast STS Maring will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Tuesday morning (October 12). Outside the PAR, Maring will continue moving westward over the West Philippine Sea until it makes landfall in the vicinity of Hainan Island in China on Wednesday morning or afternoon (October 13). AAC

Immigration bureau reshuffles 341 NAIA personnel to curb corruption

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has reshuffled 341 personnel of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

These personnel will be reporting to their new terminal assignments as part of the agency’s continuing campaign to curb corruption.

Aside from BI officers manning NAIA’s immigration counters, the agency will also rotate the terminal assignments of 77 immigration supervisors assigned at the airport.

BI acting port operations chief Carlos Capulong said Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente has approved the  implementation of the rotation scheme at the premiere port on October 3.

“This will be the last rotation of our NAIA personnel this year as the next reshuffle will be implemented during the first quarter of 2022,” Capulong said.

Morente previously announced that the Bureau is fast tracking the recruitment of nearly 200 new BI officers who will be deployed to NAIA and other major ports early next year.

This is in response to the need of the agency to field more immigration inspectors after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said it was considering to raise the daily cap on passenger arrival, and reopen other airports to international travel. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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