June 25, 2024

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BI mulls filing cases vs extortionists pretending to be employees

BUREAU of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco announced that the agency is considering filing legal actions against individuals who are impersonating BI employees. 

Tansingco made the remark after receiving information on Wednesday that the police are investigating a certain Marion Badando for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of four foreign nationals. 

Authorities state that Badando presented himself as an immigration officer and a lawyer, and remains at large after being tagged as part of the kidnapping syndicate. 

“We have received reports that this individual has been using the name of the Bureau of Immigration to extort foreigners,” said Tansingco.  “We are studying filing cases against him and his cohorts to serve as a warning not to besmirch the agency’s name,” he added. 

Tansingco emphasized the gravity of the situation, noting that such actions not only harm the victims but also tarnish the reputation of the Bureau of Immigration. “The integrity of our institution is paramount. We will not tolerate any actions that undermine the trust placed in us by the public and our stakeholders,” he stated. 

Tansingco disclosed that a thorough review of the Bureau’s records confirmed that Badando is not, and has never been, an employee of the BI. 

“Our internal checks have validated that this person has no official connection with the Bureau, and his claims are entirely fraudulent,” he affirmed. 

He advised individuals to verify the credentials of anyone claiming to be a BI employee through official channels. “We urge the public to remain cautious and to report any suspicious activities to the authorities immediately,” Tansingco urged. 

Tansingco expressed his gratitude to the police for their ongoing efforts to track down and apprehend the suspects. “We appreciate the dedication and hard work of our law enforcement partners. Their commitment to justice is crucial in resolving this matter and preventing future incidents,” he said. 

The BI Chief said that requests for verification from the public can be sent via the Commissioner’s helpline at Facebook.com/immigration.helpline.ph.