Commissioner David vows to purge NAIA of corrupt Immigration men

An April 12, 2013, press release from the Bureau of Immigration

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. vowed to purge the airport of corrupt immigration personnel as he relieved another BI employee at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for allegedly allowing the entry of a blacklisted foreigner.

David said he recalled Alden Yap Bait to the main office upon learning that the latter aided Taiwanese Wu Chun Yung in entering the country despite being in the bureau’s blacklist.

“There will be no letup in our efforts to remove the bad eggs in our our ranks,” the BI chief declared, adding that administrative and criminal charges will be filed against Bait if investigation finds him liable for the entry of the Taiwanese.

CCTV cameras at the airport allegedly caught footages of the Taiwanese being escorted by Bait upon his arrival at the NAIA last April 7.

Bait allegedly also motioned to the passenger to breeze through an unmanned immigration counter, which enabled him to evade inspection.

But the scheme did not work as the alien was spotted by immigration agents at the airport who immediately accosted him before he could reach the airport’s customs area.

David said he already directed Bait to explain in 72 hours why he should not be administratively charged and dismissed from the service in connection with the incident.

He added that Bait will be placed under preventive suspension pending investigation of his case by the bureau’s board of discipline.

David also revealed that customs personnel were also seen on TV assisting Wu upon his arrival and that their identities are still being determined.

Wu was blacklisted last March 13 after he was turned away by immigration officers at the Clark International Airport for being profiled as a public charge.

He first attempted to re-enter the country with a different passport last March 29 but was intercepted and turned back at the NAIA 3 terminal.

When interviewed after his arrest, the Taiwanese said he paid an undisclosed amount of money to a friend in Taiwan who claimed he could arrange his return to Manila without being detected by immigration authorities.