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Over 8,000 foreign POGO workers lack permits – DOLE

Sep 17, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Bureau of Local Employment Director Dominique Tutay says 1,693 have since applied for the required alien employment permit, while a list of 6,678 others who did not was given to immigration

ILLEGAL WORKERS. The Department of Labor and Employment says over 8,000 foreign workers in POGOs did not have required working permits as of June 2019. Photo by Rappler

Lipad Corporation takes over Clark airport operations

Aug 18, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Lipad Corporation CEO Bu Yong Chungunco says they are 'excited' to develop Clark International Airport as the region's premier hub

TURNOVER. Lipad Corporation Bi Yong Chungunco (5th from L) and DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade (6th from R) during the turnover ceremony on August 16, 2019. Photo courtesy of DOTr

Korean drug smuggler arrested in Caloocan

Mar 15, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Lee Yun-sung, 49, is facing arrest warrants from at least 3 different South Korean courts for drug smuggling

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Legarda pushes new law to raise salary of immigration workers

Oct 03, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Senators assure Bureau of Immigration officials that they will be allowed to use the express lane fund to augment the salaries of immigration employees in 2019

IMMIGRATION OFFICERS. An Immigration Officer processes a queue of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera/Rappler

Philippines denies extension of Sister Fox's missionary visa

Sep 16, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox is now required to apply for a 59-day temporary visitor's visa, says the Bureau of Immigration

IMMIGRATION WOES. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox appears at the Bureau of Immigration on September 3, 2018, as she considers applying for a tourist visa two days before her missionary visa expires. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra extends Sister Patricia Fox’s deadline to leave PH

May 25, 2018 - 7:15 PM

In Guevarra’s order, Australian nun Patricia Fox has until June 18 to leave the Philippines

EXTENDED. DOJ allows Sr. Patricia Fox to stay until ... Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Sister Patricia Fox hits BI's definition of 'missionary work'

May 05, 2018 - 7:43 AM

While she has joined rallies for social justice, Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox calls these activities 'part and parcel of my apostolate and missionary work'

SEEKING PRAYERS. Priests pray over Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox at UP Diliman's Parish of the Holy Sacrifice on April 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lawful or harassment? Senators clash on Australian nun's deportation

Apr 25, 2018 - 4:37 PM

Administration senators say it is well within the Philippines' power to deport the Australian missionary, but opposition senators say it is a crackdown on dissent

The Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox who was arrested and detained by immigration officials appealed Friday, April 20, 2108, for due process from the Philippine government, at the Human Rights Commission office in Quezon City. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

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Apr 17, 2018 - 9:18 PM

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Arrest of nun shows Duterte gov't 'has much to hide, guilty as hell' – rights group

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:59 PM

Karapatan secretary general Tinay Palabay says that the action of President Rodrigo Duterte's regime against international human rights observers and development workers 'betrays its guilt'

PH blacklists EU political party official over ‘partisan’ activity

Apr 16, 2018 - 2:47 PM

‘A tourist does not enjoy the rights and privileges of a Philippine citizen, particularly the exercise of political rights which are exclusively reserved to Filipinos,’ says Immigration Chief Jaime Morente

BARRED FROM ENTERING. Party of European Socialists (PES) deputy secretary general Giacomo Filibeck is barred from entering the Philippines on April 15, 2018. All photos from Akbayan

Jack Lam 'middleman' Wally Sombero surrenders to police

Apr 11, 2018 - 8:59 AM

(UPDATED) Incoming Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says Sombero sent surrender feelers on the same day the Sandiganbayan released the arrest order against him

Ex-immigration officials in bribery scandal charged with plunder

Mar 23, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Former immigration intelligence chief Charles Calima is cleared

EX-IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL. Former immigration deputy commissioner Al Argosino faces the Senate probe into alleged corruption at the Bureau of Immigration in January 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Philippines joins 'elite' cross-border banking data reporting

Jan 15, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Switzerland-based Bank for International Settlements adds the Philippines as a reporting country, which the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas says would 'enhance the transparency of global transactions and funding flows'

INCLUSION. Bangko Sentral chief Nestor Espenilla Jr says the Philippines' 'inclusion into the elite group provides us with more granular cross-border banking data that would be very critical in formulating well-informed policies when and how they may be needed.' Rappler file photo

Ombudsman indicts ex-immigration execs for plunder

Oct 27, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Wally Sombero, alleged middleman of gambling tycoon Jack Lam, is also indicted for plunder in connection with the Bureau of Immigration corruption scandal

EX-IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL. Former immigration deputy commissioner Al Argosino faces the Senate probe into alleged corruption at the Bureau of Immigration in January 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ex-BI officials in Jack Lam bribery avoid plunder with missing P1,000

Oct 10, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The two former Immigration deputy commissioners, Michael Robles and Al Argosino, are fraternity brothers of President Rodrigo Duterte and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

Salary woes still hound Immigration workers. Where's the solution?

Sep 10, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The Bureau of Immigration and the Department of Justice rely on the proposed amendments to the Immigration Law which is just set to undergo 2nd reading at the House of Representatives

IMMIGRATION OFFICERS. An Immigration Officer processes a queue of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera/Rappler

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Aug 17, 2017 - 12:39 PM

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PH grants visas on arrival to Chinese nationals

Aug 17, 2017 - 11:07 AM

Those entitled to the privilege are members of tour groups of DOT accredited operators businessmen backed by business groups and government agencies athletes and delegates to conventions and exhibitions

Alleged drug lord Peter Lim on immigration lookout list

Jul 31, 2017 - 1:20 PM

The Department of Justice orders the Bureau of Immigration to monitor if Lim and 7 others linked to the drug trade will try to leave the Philippines

PETER LIM AT NBI. Alleged drug lord Peter Lim is escorted by security after he shows up at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016 to clear his name. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Makna filosofis di balik halal bi halal

Jul 04, 2017 - 10:29 AM

Halal bi halal adalah bid ah dan istilah ini tidak dikenal di Arab Tapi halal bi halal itu prasyarat kembali pada fitrah manusia

ILUSTRASI. Staf Kementerian Luar Negeri saat halal bi halal dengan Menlu Retno Marsudi di Jakarta, pada 3 Juli 2017. Foto oleh Suwandy/Antara

Korean fugitive nabbed in Las Piñas

Apr 07, 2017 - 3:44 PM

The Korean fugitive is able to continue his scam from a company in Pasay

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Apr 07, 2017 - 1:24 PM

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Diokno says soldiers can man airport immigration counters

Apr 06, 2017 - 5:24 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says he will not cave in to blackmails of immigration officers who have skipped work creating long lines at the airports

Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera

Diokno not budging, says corrupt BI system must stop

Apr 06, 2017 - 3:57 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno wants the Commission on Audit and the Bureau of Internal Revenue to look into the use of the express lane fund

NOT BUDGING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno holds a press conference on April 6, 2017 and remains firm on abolishing express lane fund system. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Duterte's most trusted aide proposes solution to BI pay issue

Apr 05, 2017 - 5:53 PM

Secretary to the Cabinet Leoncio Evasco Jr proposes the fast tracking of proposed amendments to the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940

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Apr 04, 2017 - 10:22 PM

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FACT CHECK: Immigration officers not 'contractuals,' contrary to Diokno's claim

Apr 04, 2017 - 10:18 PM

2nd UPDATE The Department of Budget and Management also posts an inaccurate monthly salary of immigration officers BI personnel point out

More immigration workers to resign if salary woes not solved – union

Apr 03, 2017 - 8:48 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says immigration workers who skip work because of the issue can be replaced anytime because they hold contractual positions

Duterte's veto leaves thousands of BI workers scrambling for money

Mar 18, 2017 - 5:23 PM

With a very meager pay the rest of us will wallow in poverty the workers union tells President Rodrigo Duterte in a letter

DOJ issues lookout bulletin orders vs Mighty Corp owners

Mar 09, 2017 - 11:17 AM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the lookout bulletin orders are in connection with the smuggling allegations against the cigarette company

Senate probe into Jack Lam: The blame game continues

Feb 17, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Key players resume finger pointing at the 4th hearing of the Senate blue ribbon committee into the immigration bureau bribery scandal

LAM ASSOCIATE. Wally Sombero attends the Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on February 16, 2017. Photo by Albert Calvelo/PRIB

STAKEOUT: Sino si Wally Sombero?

Feb 17, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Sa aking palagay makakatulong na masagot natin ang mga katanungang ito kapag nakilala na nating lubusang kung sino talaga si Wenceslao Wally Sombero

Wally Sombero arrives at the Senate to attend the Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the alleged bribery at the Immigration department. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

CA confirms Aguirre amid BuCor, BI controversy

Feb 15, 2017 - 3:43 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV sees politics at work in the confirmation of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Pacquiao admits Wally Sombero is longtime friend

Feb 14, 2017 - 5:01 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao also says he met Jack Lam at the Chinese tycoon s golf course

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Aguirre: 'Not my fault immigration let Sombero leave PH'

Feb 14, 2017 - 12:48 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says he did not issue an Allow Departure Order to the middleman of Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam

SOMBERO RETURNS TO PH. Retired police general Wally Sombero returns to Manila from Vancouver on February 14, 2017, at the NAIA Terminal 2. Photo by Edwin M Llobrera/Rappler

Aguirre allowed Jack Lam's middleman to leave PH

Feb 09, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente says Wally Sombero left the country without any questions asked as there was no alert when his passport was scanned at the airport

Senate BI bribery probe: 3 hard questions for Aguirre

Jan 24, 2017 - 8:36 AM

The 1st hearing on the bribery scam in the Bureau of Immigration leaves more questions than answers as senators try to uncover the extent of the involvement of the justice secretary

Gordon, Trillanes to hold separate probes on BI scandal

Jan 18, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Hopefully this will nurture a peaceful atmosphere in the Senate considering we need to pass a number of legislation before the adjournment of session in March says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III who moved to have the issue probed by the committees of the two senators

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Senate strips Trillanes of power to probe Bureau of Immigration

Jan 16, 2017 - 6:58 PM

It s the 2nd time that senators removed power from a critic of President Rodrigo Duterte to investigate controversies

POWERLESS. Senators, voting 14-7, removed power from Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to investigate the Bureau of Immigration, including proposals to overhaul it

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Jan 10, 2017 - 1:09 PM

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De Lima wants Senate probe into BI bribery scandal

Jan 10, 2017 - 9:17 AM

The senator says anti corruption laws should be revised to deal with cases of favoritism citing the two fraternity brothers of President Rodrigo Duterte who have figured in a corruption scandal at the Bureau of Immigration

Duterte sacks 2 immigration deputy commissioners

Dec 17, 2016 - 2:42 AM

Deputy Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles are President Rodrigo Duterte s fraternity brothers

'YOUR FIRED.' For the first time, Duterte orders the dismissal of officials he himself appointed. File photo from PPD

Drilon seeks BI overhaul amid corruption scandal

Dec 16, 2016 - 12:34 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon files Senate Resolution No 256 days after two immigration officials admitted receiving P50 million from gambling tycoon Jack Lam

REORGANIZATION. Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon files a resolution seeking for a reorganization of the Bureau of Immigration, which has been long plagued with corruption issues. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

DOJ chief feels ‘betrayed’ by frat brothers in BI

Dec 13, 2016 - 5:51 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says Deputy Immigration Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles who are accused of extortion were part of the Duterte legal team during the campaign

'DISMAYED.' Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says he was dismayed when he discovered the alleged involvement of two friends at the immigration office in irregularities. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

DOJ: Arrest Jack Lam upon return to PH 'if warranted'

Dec 05, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II warns about the strong possibility that the Chinese gaming tycoon may place himself beyond the reach of Philippine law

IMMIGRATION LOOKOUT. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II orders the Bureau of Immigration to monitor Chinese gaming tycoon Jack Lam's entry into and departure from the Philippines. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Apakah halalbihalal bid’ah?

Jul 15, 2016 - 4:18 PM

Apa kata Menteri Agama Lukman Saifuddin soal tudingan halalbihalal di bulan Syawal sebagai bid`ah?

Menteri Agama Lukman Hakim saat berikan keterangan pers hasil sidang isbat di Kementerian Agama, Jakarta, pada 4 Juli 2016. Foto oleh Hafidz Mubarak A/Antara

DOJ issues lookout bulletin order vs 5 police generals

Jul 13, 2016 - 12:54 PM

UPDATED Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II issues the lookout bulletin order against the police generals allegedly linked to the drug trade hours after Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno requested it

LOOKOUT BULLETIN ORDER. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre (right) directs the Bureau of Immigration under Commissioner Jaime Morente (left) to place under its lookout bulletin the 5 police generals allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler