BI clarifies role in interception of Filipinos with warrants of arrest

The Bureau of () clarified its role in the interception of Filipinos with arrest warrants in ports of entry and exit.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco made the clarification following a concern raised by Senator Robin Padilla in his privilege speech last September 5.


Senator Padilla mentioned the case of Mohammad Said, a 61-year-old man who was said to have been arrested by the BI after attempting to depart for Malaysia last August 10.

Tansingco clarified that arresting Filipinos is not within the BI's mandate. Immigration officers cannot serve warrants of arrest against Filipinos.

“It is the local law enforcement agencies—the NBI and the PNP—that are authorized to conduct arrests,” said Tansingco.


He clarified that they implement derogatory records as received from courts, the interpol, foreign governments, and other competent authorities.

If encountered, those with criminal records are turned over to the NBI or the PNP who in turn effects the investigation and arrest.

Tansingco further clarified that Said was intercepted for being the subject of an interpol red notice issued in 2017. The said record contained Said's full name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, and even his passport number.


“We cannot add or delete anything from these derogatory records as our role is to implement what is included by authorized agencies,” said Tansingco.

He stressed that the actions of the immigration officers were well within their roles, given that all the details of the derogatory record matched.

Immigration officer returns lost envelope containing over P56K cash

An immigration officer assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 returned a lost envelope containing more than PhP 56k cash.

Immigration Officer III Vincent S. Estacio was commended during the flag raising ceremony of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) last September 4 at their office in Pasay City.

Estacio received the citation for turning over a brown envelope containing a total PhP 56,871.00 last August 14.

According to Estacio, he is assigned as a duty supervisor at the NAIA 3 when he chanced upon the envelope while doing his usual rounds at the immigration departure area at around 7 in the morning.

He said that the envelope was found on the floor in between two counters, and was seemingly left by a departing passenger.

He shared that they waited for someone to claim the envelope, but when none came, they turned it over to the MIAA lost and found.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco further commended Estacio for his honesty.

“The office lauds Immigration Officer III Vincent Estacio for setting a good example to other public servants,” said Tansingco. “His actions show that there are still a lot of good people in government,” he added.

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