THE United States government has commended the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for barring the entry of a large number of American registered sex offenders (RSOs) into the Philippines last year.
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente yesterday announced that the bureau was recently awarded a certificate of commendation by the US Embassy in Manila for registering the second highest number of excluded American RSOs throughout the world in 2018.
BI records showed a total of 156 RSOs -- 128 of them Americans -- were denied into the Philippines in 2018.
The highest number of intercepted RSOs was reportedly posted by Mexico, which is situated below the US’ southwestern borders.
“I commend our officers deployed at our ports of entry for a job well done. Because of your vigilance and alertness, you were able to turn away these sex offenders to protect fellow Filipinos from possible exploitation,” Morente said.
The US embassy’s citation specifically commended the BI’s Port Operations Division (POD) as well as the Airport Operations Section (AOS), travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU), and border control and enforcement unit (BCIU), which are all under the POD, for successfully implementing the “Angel Watch” program in at sea and air ports.
Medina also said that in 2017 a total of 185 sex offenders were excluded, 128 of them Americans.