Immigration bureau bars 96 suspected fixers

NINETY-SIX suspected fixers who frequent the Bureau of Immigration office in Intramuros, Manila were barred from the premises of the agency.

Ronaldo Ledesma, the bureau’s officer-in-charge, said that the names and pictures of the individuals had been posted in conspicuous places so that the public, especially foreigners, could be warned against entertaining them.

“It is about time that we conduct a serious crackdown against these unauthorized persons who prey on unsuspecting foreigners with impunity to the detriment of the bureau’s reputation,” said Ledesma.

The individuals are being suspected of manufacturing fraudulent visas and other fake immigration documents in exchange for exorbitant fees.

According to Felino Quirante Jr., the bureau’s administrative chief, the fixers “have been the object of perennial complaints from the transacting public.”

“Their presence here undermines our image as the agency tasked with processing the immigration visas and documents of our foreign visitors,” he said.

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