BI makikipagtulungan sa imbestigasyon laban sa mga sangkot na immigration personnel sa women trafficking

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Nangako ang Bureau of Immigration (BI) ngayong araw na makikipagtulungan sa imbestigasyon ng senado sa di umano’y pagkakasangkot ng ilang personnel ng BI sa trafficking ng mga Pinay.

“The consistent and unrelenting efforts to eradicate all illegal activities have been a commitment of the administration over the past five years. Admittedly, it’s a tough job, but we remain resolute and undaunted, dedicated to the complete cleansing of a Bureau committed to serving with professionalism and integrity,” paliwanag ni Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente sa isang pahayag.

Ang imbestigasyon ay pinangungunahan ni Senator Risa Hontiveros at ng Senate Committe on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality at naglalayong tukuyin ang katotohanan sa likod ng di umano’y women trafficking ng mga Pinay na ni-recruit sa Dubai ngunit nauwi sa Syria. 

Ayon kay Morente, ang BI ay kabilang sa Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) at ginagampanan nito ang obligasyon nitong protektahan ang mga Pilipino mula sa mga sindikatong nagsasagawa ng illegal recruitment at human trafficking. 

“This investigation is another step towards eradicating human trafficking from our country by finding its root cause, as well as cutting down any growth that may have emerged from this societal weed,” dagdag ni Morente.

Bukod dito, iniulat din niyang nasa 86 na personnel ng ahensiya ang sinuspinde at kasalukuyang may mga kinakaharap na kaso dahil sa di umano’y pagkakasangkot sa anomalya matapos ang imbestigasyon ng Senate committe, Department of Justice (DOJ), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Office of the Ombudsman, at ng kanilang internal investigations. 

“We have put measures in place to prevent illegal activities occurring amongst our ranks. Apart from internal checks and balances, several government agencies work hand in hand with the BI in protecting our fellow Filipinos from trafficking,” saad niya.

Sa kasalukuyan aniya ay ipinapatupad nila ang IACAT Revised Guidelines on Departure Formalities for International-Bound Passengers na inisyu ng Department of Justice noong 2015.

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