For ₱10,000, Chinese nationals get VIP treatment from immigration – Hontiveros

Senator Risa Hontiveros says the


LOOK: Here's how six officers from the Bureau of Immigration split a portion of the 'service fee' paid by Chinese nationals for VIP treatment when entering the Philippines 📷: Senator risahontiveros

Senator Risa Hontiveros says the

"pastillas" scheme, where immigration officials accept grease money from Chinese nationals so they can enter the country with ease, is now worth ₱1 billion. Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 17) — Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday exposed a scheme that she said involves Bureau of Immigration officials who allow Chinese nationals to enter the country with ease for a fee. The chairperson of the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality said Chinese nationals who pay ₱10,000 as"service fee" or grease money are given special treatment as they enter the Philippines. READ: Chinese nationals top immigration bureau’s list of rude foreigners barred entry for second year running She showed during her committee's hearing several Viber screenshots of a group chat of immigration officers where long lists of names of foreigners are sent each day. Once the Chinese national arrives, the immigration officer on duty would leave his booth and tell the foreigner"follow me," where they will then get their passports processed for entry. This is a departure from the standard practice where all foreigners are screened through the Immigration booths in ports, Hontiveros pointed out. The senator said this scheme is worth about ₱1 billion, computed from about 2,000 Chinese citizens entering the Philippines per day. Citing data from her"informant," she outlined how the money is divided. She said only ₱2,000 paid by each foreigner goes to immigration officers on the ground, while the remainder is split among the foreign tour operator, its partner in the Philippines, and the syndicate running the entire ploy in local airports. Six people share the ₱2,000, with a third going to the assigned Immigration officer. The operation is called"pastillas" because money would be hidden in rolled bond paper like the wrapping for the milk candy. But Hontiveros said this has been upgraded to pay envelopes for the release of kickbacks. Apart from these payouts, Chinese companies also provided packed meals for the officers. Hontiveros said this only stopped a few weeks ago when the Philippine government implemented a travel ban to and from China due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. READ: PH suspends issuance of visa on arrival to Chinese nationals amid coronavirus alarm Immigration officers present during the Monday hearing denied knowing this protocol, saying it was their first time to hear about it. But Hontiveros was not convinced. "Somebody rigged the system, centralized the operations, and made this into a billion-peso enterprise," the senator said, noting that there could be a highly-placed protector that allows the scheme to prevail to this day."Somebody sold our country's borders for Chinese money." READ: Immigration to resume stamping China passports with nine-dash-line map Grifton Medina, acting chief of the bureau's Port Operations Division, said reforms have been installed since he took office in November 2018. But for Hontiveros, his team is not trying hard enough to curb corruption among their ranks. BI said the issue would be taken up with Commissioner Jaime Morente for appropriate action. Hontiveros added that the Senate will further investigate the issue. Related Read more: CNN Philippines

risahontiveros You are being invaded by China and they are using cash, soon you will be speaking Chinese because your government is so incompetent and corrupt to lead the country and protect the Filipino people and it’s territory. Now you are trying to push away the US by canceling the VFA? risahontiveros Half of Philippines government and its employees get bribes from China and Chinese individuals or businesses...

risahontiveros risahontiveros May systema talaga ang mga hayop. risahontiveros guess what? who financially bankrolled those chinese nationals!! siyempre chinese associations dito sa 'PINAS at Makapili Chinoys! risahontiveros 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️what a shame risahontiveros hanngang nandyan yang chinese nationals employees ng pogo hindi mawawala ang 'LAGAY'. mind you, 'water will seeks its own level'. andyan pa ang carriers ng china coronvirus.

risahontiveros tuta ng intsik risahontiveros grabe! mag cancer sila dyan! risahontiveros Baka mapahiya na naman kayo nyan. risahontiveros Aba mahusay 😂😂😂😂 anu na Panelo

Immigration personnel tagged in 'pastillas' modus should face wealth check: senatorDZMMTeleRadyo Aba aba kung totoo yan hindi na kailangan ng lifestyle check. Kasuhan na agad! Mga anay ng lipunan! 😠

DIS — Duty Immigration Supervisor IO — Immigration Officer TCEU — Travel Control Enforcement Unit BCIU — Border Control Intelligence Unit OPS — Operations (admin, clerical work) TH — Terminal Head

A billion peso scheme: Alleged ‘pastillas’ modus in BI exposed in Senate hearingThe senator presented a video of an immigration officer escorting Chinese nationals to BI’s inner office, seemingly validating the Chinese nationals’ identity against a list with a supervisor. Read: BI = Bad Immigration Haha! Wala tayo talaga sa Pinoy. Pag me pagkakakitaan, kikita talaga. Haynaku. Kung hindi Customs, Immigration naman. Wala tayo pahinga sa korapsyon sa Pilipinas. Ndi.lang po Chinese national, pati Japanese

Hontiveros : ‘Disturbing’ pattern of abuse of PH visas show ‘collusion’ within BISenator Risa Hontiveros said the “disturbing” pattern of abuse of Philippine visas show possible collusion within the BI to allow Chinese nationals “easy access” into the Philippines. CMRamosINQ Weird that PDuts or Palace has yet to shed a light on this issue, in spite of their efforts that 'elimimated' the laglag-bala fiasco and revamp of BI CMRamosINQ In almost all if not all government agencies corruption exist from the lowest to the highest and from the street to office level. Only the ignorant, naive and crazy is not aware of this fact. From simple bribery to 50M cauldron, to project kickbacks from 🐖 barrel & whatmore.😲

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Bribes rolled up in bond paperMga pag mumukha pa lang ng mga yan mukhang mga corrupt. Matagal na naming alam yan dahil matagal ng sinasabi ni Ka Percy Lapid sa programa nyang Lapid Fire yang issue dyan. Sila ang nag parami ng intsik sa Pinas.

‘Pastillas’ modus allowing entry of Chinese nationals baffles BI execsImmigration officials claimed ignorance of the so-called “Pastillas” modus wherein corrupt airport employees and officials receive kickbacks in exchange for the seamless entry of Chinese nationals. | MAgerINQ MAgerINQ Ignorance is bliss 🙄🙄🙄 MAgerINQ Whats new? MAgerINQ Imposible!! Napaka higpit ng BOI sa pinoy pero sa chinese sobrang luwag

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