3 axed BI abogados rack up over P1B from Chinese seeking working visas in PH
Special Envoy to China Mon Tulfo has accused three abogados from the Bureau of Immigration of milking as much as P1 billion from Chinese tourists applying for working visas in the Philippines.
In his Manila Times column, Tulfo identified the alleged BI abogados as Justin Joy Valdez (head of the satellite immigration office at SM North Edsa), Arnulfo Maminta (chief of the satellite office at SM Aura), and Alex Recinto (BI technical assistant at SM Aura). Tulfo said Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente fired the three for
“alleged corrupt activities” but he believed the three deserve to be charged with plunder.
Based on information from lawyers, whose clients were applying for working visas, Tulfo said Maminta, Recinto and Valdez had “formed themselves into a syndicate” to milk Chinese clients.
Tulfo claimed the syndicate allegedly processed 1,500 visa applications every month who paid P180,000 each or a total of P270 million per month. He said this scam went on for several months which netted them over P1 billion.
This is more than 10 times the regular fee of P10,630. for a visa.
“Those scoundrels were pocketing P254 million every month for several months at the expense of the government. And Morente, their boss, was ignorant of the huge amount they were defrauding the government,” he