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Manila, Philippines – Two employees of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) were relieved from their posts following reports of their alleged involvement in illegal activities, the bureau said Wednesday.

In an order signed by Commissioner Norman Tansingco on Jan. 17, the said immigration officers were relieved pending investigation on allegations that they have been involved in trafficking activities at the Clark International Airport (CIA) and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“We have received information that the two have links to trafficking syndicates. We are initiating an investigation to verify this information, and if there is indeed the probable cause, we shall file the appropriate case before the Department of Justice (DOJ),” Tansingco said in  statement quoting him.

The BI Chief said that the two personnel would temporarily be assigned to back-end office duties pending the investigation.

“While imposing penalties would be subject to the resolution of possible cases against them, we are relieving them from frontline duty to ensure unbiased investigation,” Tansingco said.

At the same time, he likewise warned employees not to get involved in illegal activities or face administrative cases, suspension, or dismissal.

“The elimination of corruption is really one of my main targets in the Bureau. Any attempt to engage with corrupt practices shall be met with the harshest penalties possible,” he added.