2 Chinese nationals nabbed for selling counterfeit meds in Mandaue City

Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña 03/22/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Two Chinese nationals underwent inquest proceedings on Monday, March 21,  after they were arrested for allegedly selling counterfeit medicines in Mandaue City. Lawyer Renan Oliva, director of the National Bureau of Investigation in…

BI records entry of 2K foreigners after reopening tourism, sees 12K arrivals by month-end

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 02/11/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) recorded over 8,000 arrivals — about 30 percent of which are foreigners — on the first day of eased restrictions on fully vaccinated foreign travelers. “Marami-rami po yung dumating…

Number of arrivals to PH decrease by 70% amid pandemic — BI

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 09/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The number of inbound travelers decreased by almost 70 percent amid the pandemic due to several travel restrictions, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Saturday. “Mababa po ngayon ang number of travelers natin. Nakita…

Korean fugitive nabbed in Cebu 

Morexette Marie Erram 06/03/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A fugitive from South Korea was arrested here last Wednesday, June 2.  Enforcers from the Lapu-Lapu City Field Unit of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the…

More foreigners allowed to enter PH

TIna Santos 03/01/2021

Foreigners with valid visas and whose reentry permits have expired may now reenter the Philippines upon payment of the required fees at the airport, the Bureau of Immigration said on Sunday. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the…

DOJ approves IRR for scheme allowing BI to receive passenger info in advance

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 02/26/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has approved the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) allowing the Bureau of Immigration to receive advanced information on flight passengers. Under the advanced passenger information system (APIS), the Bureau…

Mass exit of foreign nationals to impact tourism — BI

Inquirer.net 11/23/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Mass departures of foreigners due to the COVID-19 pandemic will continue until the end of the year and will have a major impact on the state of the country’s tourism, the Bureau of Immigration…

BI intercepts 3 women in Naia bound for HK to work as bar girls

Darryl John Esguerra - INQUIRER.net 01/12/2020

MANILA, Philippines—Operatives of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) have foiled another human trafficking attempt after they intercepted three women who were allegedly recruited to work as bar girls in Hong…

BI tightens screening of Dubai-bound passengers

Philippine Daily Inquirer 12/01/2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will “rigidly screen” passengers bound for Dubai following reports that the emirate was being used as a transit point for Filipino workers to be illegally deployed in Iraq. Immigration…

BI on ‘heightened alert’ vs human trafficking during ‘Undas’

Christia Marie Ramos - INQUIRER.net 10/28/2019

MANILA, Philippines — To prevent human trafficking during “Undas,” the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has placed its personnel on heightened alert amid the ongoing influx of passengers at airports nationwide. “Be sure that our immigration officers are…

BI deports suspected ISIS commander

Inquirer.net 10/16/2018

An Egyptian national, who is suspected to be a commander of international terrorist group ISIS, was deported for violating immigration laws, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Tuesday. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said Fehmi Lassqued or Haythan…

BI denies Sister Fox’s appeal to remain in PH

Inquirer.net 08/29/2018

The Bureau of Immigration has denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Australian nun Patricia Fox, seeking a reversal of the deportation order issued against her. This was confirmed on Wednesday by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra. However,…

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