MANILA - The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is investigating an immigration agent who was caught on video hitting a female Chinese national at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 last Sunday.
MIAA officer-in-charge Vicente Guerzon, Jr. directed NAIA 3 manager Octavio Lina to investigate the incident wherein a man in civilian clothes was seen on a cellphone video manhandling a female Chinese national. Two uniformed security personnel, reportedly from Cebu Pacific, were also captured in the video.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Lina said the man in civilian clothes exchanging blows with the female Chinese passenger is Immigration intelligence agent Benjie Magallon.
The passenger was identified as Jiang Huixing, a Cebu Pacific passenger who had just arrived from Beijing.
Lina said Jiang was the subject of an "airport to airport proceeding'' for violating an immigration policy prohibiting foreigners from illegally working in the country.
Jiang 's travel records indicate that she is a frequent traveler to the Philippines.
Authorities said Jiang would use up all the time she is allowed to stay in the Philippines, return to China and then go back to Manila to resume her work as a teacher in an exclusive Chinese school.
Lina said immigration officials ordered Jiang's deportation but the latter resisted uniformed personnel from Cebu Pacific.
The airline personnel then asked Magallon to help.
Lina said MIAA has coordinated with Cebu Pacific to identify the two uniformed security guards. MIAA also asked the Bureau of Immigration to require their agents to submit incident reports.
"The airport authority is seriously investigating this incident to determine what caused the incident," Lina said. – By Raoul Esperas