DoJ backs BI probe on human trafficking

Department of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla disclosed on Thursday that the agency will full support the Bureau of Immigration’s ongoing investigation of its personnel allegedly involved in human trafficking recently which resulted in the sacking of some BI employees.

The DoJ chief said that the matter was already under investigation even before several names came out which comes after the BI confirmed that two of its personnel have been relieved from their posts pending investigation on their alleged illegal activities.

BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval, on the other hand, revealed that BI commissioner Norman Tansingco has ordered the relief of two immigration officers after receiving intelligence reports that they have been involved in trafficking activities at the Clark International Airport and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Tansingco said they received information that the two have links to trafficking syndicates which prompted the agency to initiate an investigation to verify the information and if there is indeed probable cause, they file the appropriate case before the DoJ.

The BI chief said that as a preventive measure, the two will temporarily be assigned to back-end office duties pending the investigation.
Meantime, Sandoval also reported that another BI personnel assigned from the Clark International Airport was ordered relieved pending investigation on his alleged links with human trafficking syndicates.

“This is a continuing investigation and we will also look into the role of recruiters in these human trafficking activities. If there are names of recruiters that will come out from the investigation then we will refer it to the proper investigating agency under the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking,” Sandoval said.

Earlier, Senator Risa Hontiveros disclosed that several overseas Filipino workers who were promised jobs in Thailand were trafficked into Myanmar to become crypto scammers of a Chinese syndicate based in Shwe Kokko, a town in Kayin State of Myanmar.

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