ADDITIONAL charges have been filed against Bureau of Immigration officials and personnel implicated in the so-called “pastillas scheme,” which allows Chinese travelers to seamlessly enter the country in exchange for bribes.
In a complaint, the National Bureau of Investigation charged 83 individuals including eight ranking Immigration officials with graft and administrative charges before the Office of the Ombudsman.
Former chief of Port Operations Division Marc Red Mariñas was named as one of the key respondents.
For his part, NBI Officer-In-Charge Eric Distor vowed to go after Immigration people who benefited from the lucrative scheme.
Under the “pastillas” scheme, a Chinese visitor can enter the country with ease by giving bribes to Immigration officials and personnel
Under the pastillas racket, a Chinese citizen pays a P10,000 “service fee” – P2,000 of which will allegedly be shared among officials of the BI’s Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU), duty Immigration supervisor, and terminal heads.
The remaining P8,000 will then be given to tour operators and syndicates who will transport the Chinese from the airport to Pogo facilities.
It was also earlier disclosed during past congress.