DOJ deactivates BI’s port operations division

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin C. Remulla

Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Jesus Crispin C. Remulla on Monday, Feb. 7, announced the deactivation of the Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) port operations division (POD) which has been found to be part of the “defects” in the country’s immigration system.

Remulla said the POD “centralizes port operations in all airports and ports in the country under one person.”

“We are now deactivating that office,” he said. The order which will deactivate the POD will be issued immediately, he added.

“We will take away the centralization. We will leave the command responsibility to every person heading the operations in every airport,” he said.

The deactivation of POC “is in response to other controversies we are facing” about the immigration process in the country. He did not elaborate on the “other controversies” he mentioned.

Meanwhile, Remulla the BI is continuously investigation those involved in allowing foreigners detained at the BI detention facility to get their hands on contrabands including mobile phones.

“We are looking at administrative cases that will be filed for infidelity in the custody of detention prisoners. Those are punishable under the Revised Penal Code. We are looking at all possible cases that can be filed on this matter,” he said.

“There are no sacred cows as far as we are concerned here at the Department of Justice,” he stressed.

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