- Posted August 22, 2013 by
Washington D.C, District of Columbia
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Philippines - Immigration Crimes and Corruption
The Bureau of Immigration in Manila Philippines headed by OIC Commissioner Siegfred B. Mison has been allegedly capturing Foreign Nationals for the sole purpose of extorting large sums of money.
These unscrupulous Immigration Officials have found the perfect illegal crime. Capture – Extort then Deport – Lastly Black-List and don’t allow the victim to re-enter the country. WHY?
We have uncovered information from several former and current detainees of the Immigration Jail who say they have been victimized by this money making scheme. Since this story first aired on Philippine TV stations and countless newspapers and websites, literally hundreds of victims have come forward to share their testimony. Many were only just afraid and concerned for the sake of their families.
I have to say that this information you are about to read may be disturbing to some readers. However I can assure you and with confidence that these stories are real and they are 100% accurate. This is NOT fiction or fantasy but a real life Government Agency that has declared Martial Law against Foreigners operating within the Democratic Republic of the Philippines.
This news will expose the very heart of an illegal crime syndicate operated by Filipino Immigration Officials who have been targeting Foreign National tourists and business owners from mostly USA, Europe, China, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, India and Africa.
If you are skeptical that such a large Government organization can get away with this type of organized crime without anyone uncovering or foiling their scheme, you are not alone. However I encourage you to read the information and dig deep enough into the facts before making any judgments. Keep an open mind and I’m sure you will come to the same conclusion as many have already discovered.
HOW DO THEY DO IT?
STEP #1 – Capture a Foreign National using any means necessary.
BI Officials create many schemes that lead to the capture of a person that might pay their ransom.
Here are a few illegal operations used by BI Officials over the past year.
a) Black-List Scheme.
b) Fake Stamp Scheme
c) Illegal Mission Order
The first way to tell if the BI is operating an illegal crime syndicate is to determine if the Memorandum Orders are certified and approved by ONAR (OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER)
Our lawyers spent considerable time to research if these methods being used by Immigration Officials are in fact registered and approved by the ONAR. Our discovery was quite shocking and that almost 99% of all the Memorandum Orders being used by the Bureau of Immigration are being done WITHOUT approval and without the certification of ONAR. All of this information can be sent upon request. We have secured a certified stamped declaration from ONAR that BI Memorandums are IN FACT operating illegally.
This led our investigators to dig deeper and become more suspicious. Maybe these claims really are true. Maybe these victims have actually been kidnapped by a rogue Government Agency who has been illegally extorting and deporting Foreigners. Could this crime be so perfect that no one would or could ever find out?
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Bureau of Immigration uses an illegal Memorandum that has not been approved by ONAR such as the BLACK-LIST Memorandum. Any Foreign National can be placed on the countries BLACK-LIST for any reason and without any due process of any law. Anyone can make a simple allegation or pay a small fee to an Immigration Official and have a Foreigner placed on this BLACK-LIST.
When the Foreigner prepares to leave the country on vacation, they are immediately taken to the Immigration jail in Bicutan – The notorious Camp Bagong Diwa where they are stripped of all possessions and locked up for weeks or months. Rarely are Foreigners even shown a piece of paper or given any chance to understand WHY.
Of the 40 interviews we conducted, many Foreigners have lived in the Philippines for more than a decade, they have businesses, many are married to a Filipina with Children yet a mere allegation is enough to allow BI Officials to arrest / detain / extort / deport and finally Black-List without a single shred of due process, violating the family unit and with complete disregard of human rights.
Once detained at the Immigration Jail, a person is quickly extorted by underling attorney’s and fixers who are working with corrupt BI Officials to secure a release. In many cases the Foreigner is asked to pay between P300,000 up to as high as 9 Million Pesos for their release.
In several instances we were actually given proof of the transactions. Money was paid to BI Officials or Attorney’s yet releases are almost never given. Foreigners who pay are almost always deported. This deportation method is the secret weapon that BI Officials use to protect themselves against Criminal Charges being filed against them. How can a Foreigner ever file charges against the BI Official if he is deported out of the country and can no longer re-enter (BLACK-LIST)
This scheme has been going on for many years now without any hitch. Since the first reporting of this Crime Against Humanity, Earlier the former BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. resigned on the same day he was charged with Arbitrary detention of Walter Groves a US National and Former US Air force pilot, who has been detained now almost 4 years on minor overstay charges.
Inspite of formal arbitrary detention charges laid against Commissioner David, and a release order from the Office of President Aquino, the Philippines Immigration Bureau continues to defy the Government specifically the Office of the President by Arbitrarily Holding Mr. Groves against the Presidents wishes. If this is not an act of Martial Law, what is?
Despite Philippine authorities admitting its Bureau of Immigration is riddled with corruption and irregularities, calling them "shameless" and even charging officials with arbitrary detention, the victims continue to be detained and oppressed.
President Aquino said during his State of the Nation address to BI and other Corrupt Agencies ~ "You were given three years to demonstrate your readiness to change; now, I shall pursue all of you and hold you accountable. No hard feelings." This is directly from the words of the current President of the Philippines.
Despite public statements to the media by new OIC Commissioner Siegfred Mison stating “We will not prolong the agony of the wives and families, we will act as soon as possible to their grievances, and for those scalawags in the Bureau…Your days are numbered” and promises to release the illegally detained Foreign Nationals and dismiss their cases in exchange for information on corrupt BI officials who arranged their detention and extorted them for money, they continue to be detained and oppressed with complaining wives even receiving death threats from BI employees.
For more information and links regarding these TV Airings and Newspaper Articles Click here: http://www.philippinesimmigration.info
Mack Wilson Reporting
Washington D.C USA