Villanueva blasts ‘modus’ at Bureau of Immigration

SENATOR Joel Villanueva yesterday slammed the alleged corruption in the Bureau of Immigration after his office discovered a “modus”  by unscrupulous employees in the issuance of special work permit for foreigners seeking for work in the country.

Villanueva said his office conducted an inquiry at the BI for the process in getting a special working permit.

“Tumawag kami sa BI, we ask for procedure and sabi mag-apply lang.  Nagulat nga kami, mga ilang araw siguro, the most 1 week but you can do 1 day only by being part of the expedite lane. You have to pay additional P5,000 but without receipt,” Villanueva lamented.

In the normal process, securing a special working permit will take around one week but if the applicant will shell out P5,000, one can have the permit within one day.

Villanueva’s office made the inquiry at the BI while the Senate investigation on the proliferation of Chinese workers in the country is ongoing.

“Sa Binondo bridge puro Chinese nationals ang working. Yes, it’s government project...and in Parañaque, a cashier and waiters may nahuli walang permits, illegal Chinese workers performing jobs that can be performed by Filipinos,” Villanueva said.

Villanueva expressed regrets that jobs that Filipinos can handle are being deprived from us and instead being given to foreigners.

“Ang point lang natin, sa sarili nating bayan nananakawan pa tayo ng trabaho. We have to do something about it,” the senator said.