Duterte sacks immigration officers in ‘pastillas’ scheme


first_img Panelo also said that the current situation in the immigration bureau, “as well as how it is being run by Commissioner Jaime Morente”, will be taken up in the next Cabinet meeting. Sen. Risa Hontiveros during a Senate hearing showed these screenshots of a group chat of immigration officers where there’s a daily list of names of foreigners and their flight details. Once the Chinese national arrives, the immigration officer on duty would leave his booth and tell the foreigner to follow him to a holding room, where the visitor’s passport is processed for entry. SENATOR RISA HONTIVEROS VIA FB “The President considers this anomaly, which some define as the ‘pastillas scheme’, as a grave form of corruption that cannot be countenanced by the government,” Panelo said. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte relieved all Bureau of Immigration (BI) officials and employees allegedly involved in the so-called “pastillas” scheme to facilitate the entry of Chinese workers in the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO). The unlawful act was dubbed as “pastillas” scheme, according to Hontiveros, because the grease money would be hidden in rolled bond paper like the wrapper for the milk candy./PN Panelo said that President Duterte have received reports about the purported scheme and “found probable cause” to order the sacking of the BI officials and personnel involved. Hontiveros revealed during a Senate inquiry on Monday that Chinese nationals pay P10,000 as “service fee” to earn special treatment from BI officials when they enter the Philippines. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo announced the relief on Thursday days after Sen. Risa Hontiveros exposed the modus in a Senate hearing. “As we have repeatedly stressed, there are no sacred cows in this Administration. Any official or employee who commits any wrong in the performance of their respective duties shall be meted out with the punishment that they deserve and in accordance with our penal laws,” he added.last_img

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