Immigration employee in NAIA brawl suspended

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 07 2014 03:01 PM | Updated as of May 08 2014 01:36 AM

MANILA - A Bureau of Immigration (BI) employee who figured in an altercation with a Chinese national at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 recently has been placed on preventive suspension as the agency has ordered an investigation into the incident.

A BI advisory said Rashid Rangiris, a BI contractual employee assigned at the Intelligence Division, was relieved of his post following the May 5 incident involving Chinese national Jiang Huixiang who was barred entry into the country.

Rangiris, in a cellular phone video, was seen to have retaliated at Jiang's "aggression" when the latter refused to be brought to the BI exclusion room where she was set to be processed for deportation.

"Pending the results of an ongoing investigation, [Rashid Rangiris] was relieved from his post and advised not to report to work for the meantime after being involved in an incident with an excluded Chinese national at NAIA Terminal 3 last 05 May 2014.

"Rangiris, a contractual employee of the Bureau assigned at the Intelligence Division, retaliated when Jiang Huixiang, an excluded Chinese national hit and kicked him after he tried to escort her back to the exclusion room in Terminal 3. Prior to this, the Chinese national also bit the right hand of another security personnel who tried to restrain her from making any more aggression," the BI said.

While Jiang "was clearly directly assaulting persons in authority and has committed immigration violations," the agency said Rangiris may possibly face administrative charges for "not following standard procedure and [the] code of conduct."

Jiang arrived from Beijing but was denied entry because she has been allegedly teaching in the Philippines without the required papers.