Woman offloaded from plane
"I was offloaded by an airport Immigration officer in NAIA. I would like to ask the legality of the offload because I know that I have a valid entry visa to Dubai for tour and that I have all the necessary documents needed, such as invitation letter and letter of support from a Filipino friend in Dubai. May I know the procedure in offloading and the other documents that I need to provide for the Immigration to allow me to leave?
Grace GeliDear Grace Geli,
Pursuant to Republic Act (RA) No. 9208 otherwise known as the “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003” and RA 8042 otherwise known as the “Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act of 1995”, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued “Guidelines on Departure Formalities for International-Bound Passengers in all Airport and Seaports in the Country” for strict implementation of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for the purpose of preventing trafficking in persons, illegal recruitment, and other related offenses.According to the above guidelines issued by the DOJ, the BI through its immigration officers (IO), shall conduct inspections to all travelers intending to go abroad with a tourist/temporary visitor’s visa. Primarily, a traveler shall be required to present his valid passport, visa when required, and roundtrip ticket. Thereafter, he shall undergo secondary inspection, when necessary, wherein he shall be requested to answer questions related to his age, educational attainment and financial capability to travel. If a traveler has no financial capability to travel he must present an authenticated affidavit of support from a relative within the 4th civil degree of consanguinity or affinity together with supporting documents or an affidavit of undertaking/guaranty. However, the following persons shall be automatically subjected to secondary inspections: (a) those who are without financial capacity to travel and they are escorted or accompanied by a foreigner who is not related to the former (b) minor traveling alone or unaccompanied by either parent or legal guardian without the required travel clearance from the DSWD (c) repatriated workers, in which case, travel may not be allowed without the clearance from the IACAT (generate data) (d) partners and spouses of foreign nationals intending to depart to meet and/or marry his/her fiancé without the CFO Guidance and Counseling Certificate (e) Passengers who stayed abroad for more than one (1) year during a previous departure from the country as a tourist/temporary visitor, intending to depart for the second and/or subsequent time.
The Bureau of Immigration, after proper assessment, shall not clear for departure travelers who may be vulnerable to trafficking, illegal recruitment or other related crimes.We advise that you write the Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration to inform him of your offload and the circumstances surrounding the offload and the documents that you presented to the IO in Ninoy Aquino International Airport. If he would see that you were offloaded without valid or justifiable reason, he shall order the assessing IO to explain the reason for the prevention of departure. On the other hand, he will advise you to secure additional documents which you lacked during your last departure.
Please be reminded that the above legal opinion is solely based on our appreciation of the problem that you have stated. The opinion may vary when other facts are stated.Editor’s note: Dear PAO is a daily column of the Public Attorney’s Office. Questions for Chief Acosta may be sent to email@example.com."
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