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BI chief reiterates warning vs erring personnel, relieves two

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TWO personnel, one from the Clark International Airport (CIA) and the other from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), were relieved by Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco following reports of involvement in illegal activities.

“The elimination of corruption is really one of my main targets in the bureau. Any attempt to engage in corrupt practices shall be met with the harshest penalties possible,” the BI Commissioner warned.

The relief is contained in an order signed last January 17 by Tansingco himself, where he bared that he had been receiving intelligence reports that the two said immigration personnel have been involved in trafficking activities.

“We have received information that the two have links to trafficking syndicates. We are initiating an investigation to verify this information, and if there is indeed probable cause, we shall file the appropriate case before the Department of Justice (DOJ),” he said.

Tansingco added that as a preventive measure, the two will temporarily be assigned to back-end office duties pending the investigation.

“While imposing penalties would be subject to the resolution of possible cases against them, we are relieving them from frontline duty to ensure unbiased investigation,” Tansingco added.

The BI chief further warned employees not to be involved in illegal activities, lest face administrative cases, suspension, or dismissal.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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