MANILA -- The Philippine representatives to the international competition of the Defence of the Ancients (DOTA) blamed the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for their loss.
This, after they were apprehended by Immigration officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after they failed to show an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
Members of Team Rave, a group of video game players, thus failed to leave the country. They were supposed to compete in an international DOTA competition in Incheon, South Korea.
Not wanting to lose their chance at the competition, the team was forced to use slow Internet connection in the country to compete in the competition.
Having high-speed Internet connection is important to win in the game.
In an official statement released by BI, they argued that three members of Team Rave had working visas, causing them to ask for the OEC.
However, POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, in a post on Twitter, said there was no need for the cybergamers to secure a certificate from them.
Former immigration officer Atty. Mary Ann Ojeda-Isidro also agreed that the immigration officers were at fault for apprehending the players.
"They are there to compete, so it matches the E-6 visa. It does not automatically make them an OFW," she said.
Meanwhile, the BI said it is coordinating with the POEA to prevent similar situations in the future.
"We are coordinating with the POEA to make the process easier for the public, so as not to cause any inconvenience to the travelers. Right now, we must implement the guidelines." -- report from Jeck Batallones, ABS-CBN News