“Money had been rolled inside each pastillas,” said Justice Sec. Menardo Guevarra, “he (Duterte) wanted them to eat the pastillas.”
President Rodrigo Duterte was “calm” during his meeting with suspended immigration personnel tagged in the so-called “pastillas” scheme Monday, Malacañang said.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is expected to wrap up before the end of the year its Wirecard investigation in the country, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.
Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente has warned human traffickers not to take advantage eased travel restrictions for Filipinos.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will implement a “one strike” policy against erring officials and personnel, BI Spokesperson Dana Sandoval said.
Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar on Wednesday (Nov. 4) has assured protection to persons who can become witnesses in corruption investigation of the task force led by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Immigration Commission Jaime Morente has decided to implement an “odd-even” scheme to limit the number of accredited liaison officers transacting with the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente has vowed to take legal action against shipping agents involved in illegal activities and smear the name of the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
Senator Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday welcomed the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman imposing a six-month preventive suspension without pay on 44 Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel and officials involved in the “pastillas” scam.
Senator Bong Go said on Sunday he will recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte the creation of an inter-agency task force that will employ a “whole-of-government approach” in the effort to end corruption.
The government has allowed select foreign nationals to enter the Philippines starting November 1, according to Malacañang.
Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday revealed that masterminds of a notorious “business model” at the Bureau of Immigration have pocketed a total of P40 billion pesos since 2017 from facilitating the arrivals of Chinese nationals through the so-called visa upon arrival (VUA) and the “pastillas scam” (non-VUA transactions).
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Friday (Oct. 16) he has ordered a revamp of officials and personnel at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) due to their alleged involvement in the “pastillas” scheme.
Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente on Wednesday (Oct. 7) reminded that foreigners are still not allowed to enter the country.
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) lawyer legal section chief Atty. Joshua Paul Capiral had tried clearing most of the 19 Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers named as respondents in the complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) concerning the “pastillas” scheme, NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin said on Wednesday (Sept. 23).
Former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II dismissed as baseless on Tuesday (September 22) Special Envoy to China Ramon Tulfo’s allegations linking him to an alleged syndicate within the Bureau of Immigration (BI) that’s behind the so called “pastillas” scheme.
The National Bureau Investigation (NBI) might be forced to redo its investigation on the “pastillas” scheme even though it a case has been filed before the Office of the Ombudsman, Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete said on Tuesday (Sept. 22).
Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente has urged lawmakers to pass a new immigration law that has more teeth.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has begun arrangements with the military over the deportation of United States Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton.
United States Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton is now in the custody of the Bureau of Immigration (BI), said Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Spokesperson Gabriel Chaclag on Friday (Sept. 11).
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has welcomed the criminal complaints that were filed against 19 of its personnel over their alleged involvement in the “pastillas” scheme.
Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente has vowed to sanction both employees and visitors of the BI main office in Manila for violating health and safety protocols.
Foreigners married to Filipinos can’t enter the Philippines without visas, Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente reminded.
Around 10,000 foreign seafarers who were stranded aboard cruise ships have been repatriated back to their respective countries from the Philippines, said Bureau of Immigration (BI) Seaport Operations Chief Alnazib Decampong said on Friday (Aug. 21).