5 Immigration personnel sacked for 'trafficking' Pinays to Korea
Five officers of the Bureau of Investigation have been sacked from their posts and are currently under investigation for their alleged involvement in the trafficking of five Filipino women to South Korea.
The five, who are assigned in different international airports, were ordered by BI Commissioner Jaime Morente to explain within 72 hours why they should not be administratively charged for allowing the women to leave despite their questionable documents.
"They were immediately relieved from their immigration airport counter duties and their immigration stamps confiscated.” Morente said Monday.
The five, whom Morente did not identify, were assigned at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Iloilo and Cebu International Airports.
The investigation stemmed from the case of five women who were deported from South Korea on July 23 for overstaying.
Initial reports show the victims departed the Philippines as tourists but worked in South Korea as nightclub singers. Their Korean entertainers’ visas were placed on their passports only during their stop-over in Hongkong.
It was also revealed that the five women left the country separately two years ago for various destinations before proceeding to South Korea after being cleared for departure by immigration officers despite their doubtful purpose of travel and presentation of questionable documents.
Morente assured the immigration officers that they would be given a fair hearing and that due process will be observed in the investigation. —KBK, GMA News