BI releases Janet Napoles posters nationwide

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BI SealNapoles is the alleged mastermind in the P10 billion pork barrel scam.

Benjie Villamor of the Bureau of Immigration's intelligence unit said that the siblings’ posters have been placed on immigration counters nationwide with a directive to all officers to prevent the two from leaving the country. "Nag-issue kasi ng 'lookout' bulletin ang Department of Justice. So, they will be referred to the [BI] commissioner. We will have to wait for the commissioner's decision whether to let them leave the country," Villamor said. He said that the posters include information on the siblings' including their passports' numbers and dates of birth. The DOJ issued the "lookout" bulletin on the siblings as the government starts its investigation into the seven bogus non-government organizations allegedly controlled by Napoles as part of the pork barrel scam.

Dutch activist in Sona protest leaves Philippines

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MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines on Wednesday deported a Dutch activist who attended an international conference on human rights and peace in Quezon City and participated in a protest demonstration marking President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address last month.

The day before, immigration agents prevented Thomas van Beersum, who was already at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, from leaving the country. They detained him for 30 hours only to present him with a deportation order that said he was being penalized for violating the terms of his tourist visa by “overstaying” and “for engaging in partisan political activity.”

Trouble Dogs former Immigration Chief

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MALACAÑANG is throwing the book at former immigration chief Ricardo David Jr. following a complaint against him and other BI officials by a Greek national for alleged violations of human rights including not allowing him to receive medical and dental treatment. Undersecretary Ronaldo A. Geron, Discipline Officer of  the Office of the President, directed David  in an order issued last July 22 to explain and “show cause why no administrative disciplinary proceeding may be commenced against him” over the complaint  against him by Nikolaos  Spanoudis, a Greek national. Spanoudis charged that David and two other BI officials denied him medical care between the period March 5 to April 18 this year “by not providing immediate and timely dental care which caused the needless pain and suffering of the former for over 43 days.”