BI fires contractual employee linked to kidnapping in Muntinlupa City

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco has fired a job-order employee implicated in the kidnap-for-ransom attempt in Muntinlupa City last week.

The employee was one of the 10 suspects arrested by the operatives of the Southern Police District (SPD).

Police said the suspects posed as agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and detained a Chinese national residing in a plush village in Alabang.

Tansingco said the employee, who was not named, presented himself as an immigration officer when arrested by lawmen. The group allegedly demanded P40 million for the release of the victim.

"He is not an immigration officer, but rather a job-order-employee assigned to do simple office works," Tansingco said.

Job-order-employees are temporary personnel whose service is is renewed every six months.

Tansingco said he is closely coordinating the case with the PNP to ensure that the filing of criminal charges against the employee is pursued.

“People like him tarnish the name of the bureau, hence we immediately terminated his services and will fully support the filing of criminal charges against him," he added.