10 Immigration officers suspended over alleged extortion

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 11 2019 12:59 AM

MANILA - Ten personnel of the Bureau of Immigration have been placed under preventive suspension over alleged extortion, the Department of Justice said Wednesday.

In a statement, DOJ Undersecretary and spokesman Markk Perete said the preventive suspension will last for 90 days.

"The ten BI officers and employees are now subject to proceedings to determine their administrative liability for grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service," the statement read.

The 10 personnel were part of a team that apprehended 15 Koreans on March 6 in Angeles City, Pampanga.

They alleged that the immigration officers asked for a P20 million payment so they won't be ordered deported. The operatives also allegedly seized their jewelry.

Meanwhile, the contract of 8 job order contractors also involved in the alleged extortion was ordered terminated, Perete said.