Immigration chief vows to fight illegal activities, emphasizing on human trafficking involving women

January 29, 2016 7:21 am 

MANILA, Jan. 28 — Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Ronaldo Geron has vowed to work against illegal activities, emphasizing to fight human trafficking particularly of women.

He said that he would go after immigration personnel and people who were involved in such operation.

“Victimizing on women is the one thing that I cannot tolerate… If I could prevent one woman from becoming a prostitute, I could sleep more soundly at night,” he said in an interview with reporters.

The newly-appointed BI chief added, "If I could find a way to determine the immigration officer na nagtatak ng departure stamp, kung saan na terminal yan, gagawa ako ng paraan na maihabla at makulong so many times over…trafficking of women is unforgivable."

Geron said he would use his connections when he was still at the Office of the President (OP) as Deputy Executive Secretary for Finance and Administration, to strengthen the intelligence gathering capabilities of the bureau.

“I have access to intelligence work. I have had meetings with various government law enforcement agencies,” he added.

Meanwhile, the BI chief issued on Thursday a directive creating the BI Integrity Management Committee, which is tasked to oversee and ensure effective implementation of all integrity management initiatives and measures within the bureau, among others.

Geron heads the committee, with the chief of the Legal Division as vice chairperson and the heads of the Alien Registration, Administrative Division and Port Operation Division as members. (PNA)

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