By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Risa Hontiveros wants to conduct an in-depth investigation into the Bureau of Immigration (BI) believing that the Chinese mafia may have connections within the department even as she reiterated her call for an overhaul of the agency.
She also requested the deployment of a police force in the department for the protection of Filipinos who are leaving the country.
“Marami nang napabalitang nasibak pero tuluy-tuloy pa rin ang pagre-recruit ng mga Pilipino para mang-scam. May mga contact pa ba ang sindikato sa loob ng BI? Bakit hindi ito maampat?” the senator asked.
Hontiveros said that when she revealed the Pastillas scam, she already called for the overhaul of the BI but nothing seems to have changed as the illegal sending of Filipinos to Cambodia and Thailand continued.
“I had already urged a BI overhaul in the wake of the Pastillas scam investigation two years ago, but nothing seems to have changed. With the volume of trafficked Filipinos still in Cambodia and Myanmar, the BI, as our last line of defense against trafficking, clearly has some shaping up to do. The BI has to regroup and repair the entirety of their agency,” Hontiveros added.