Philippine Immigration Corruption

Philippine immigration corruption. This is an opening to one foreigners experience with a very flawed and corrupt system. In the course of several articles I will show you the evidence, name names and demonstrate for you the cost of Philippine immigration corruption.

There is no level untouched by this. From the agents who did not know the law or chose to ignore it, to the regional director who orchestrated an illegal arrest, to the prosecutor who chose to ignore the Philippine Constitution and standard requirements before filing a case to the Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration who has so far failed to supervise the people who are running rough shot over the laws of the people of the Philippines.

Who am I and why have I launched the Philippine immigration corruption website? My name is Jeffrey Evans. I am an American, who at this writing is living in the Philippines in Iligan City. In November 2008, President Arroyo announced an initiative whose purpose was to create jobs for Filipinos. It is called Executive Order 758. In this order was an offer to any foreign national of a visa otherwise known as SVEG (Special Visa for Employment Generation) who created a minimum of 10 regular, full time jobs, in full compliance with all labor laws, business registrations etc. I accepted  the President’s invitation. I created 40+ jobs in Iligan City.

Persons who will be named later (in another article) with strong financial and other motives, set out to have me deported. They provided evidence to the Bureau of Immigration of a legally formed, properly registered business. They also provided my testimony in a criminal case that I in fact am the President and Managing director or a company called Team Sir Jeff Corp.

This was a case against a man who impersonated a police officer and stole from me. The requirements of the SVEG are many. The document that describes all of the requirements can be found here. Among these requirements is a specific requirement that you provide a notarized letter request, certifying among others that: (Taken from the Checklist of Requirements For Conversion To Probationary Special Visa For Employment Generation (Found here


  1. “c. the applicant exercises acts of management with authority to employ, promote and dismiss employees;”

So here is the why – I was illegally arrested and detained by the Bureau of Immigration on 12 October 2009. After I had been held for 10 days without charges I had a habeas corpus hearing. Normally you must be charged within 72 hours even for murder cases. After 10 days the lawyer for the Bureau of Immigration could not properly explain to the judge why I was being held.

She asked for more time and was given until 2 December 2009. I was released pending that hearing. In the meantime I did not receive a charge sheet until 4 November 2009. It lacks any specifics. When you are charged with a crime there is normally a specific description of the when and where this crime was committed. Mine does not. This is a scanned copy of the charge sheet from my lawyer in Manila. I have requested the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate this for kidnapping charges. They have acted professionally and seem to be doing a good job. I will release the preliminary results of that investigation on Wednesday, 2 December 2009. Here is what I already know from that investigation: The immigration agent in Iligan City has admitted that the Regional Director of Region 10 – (named later) did not do an investigation. In addition the Immigration agent in Iligan City claims he did not know the identity of the “tipster” who they relied on for this information.

I further know that the Regional Director of Region 10 was given a subpoena to report to the NBI on 25 November 2009. He did not show or even call. So what am I being charged with and readied for deportation – Working without a work permit. The short of it is I have an Alien Employment Permit 3 issued by the Department Of Labor And Employment. Immigration wants to keep repeating that you cannot work on a tourist visa. (Mine is a tourist visa.) And normally this is true.

However the SVEG was designed for someone without a visa that normally allows work. (i.e. Tourist or Business visa). The logic that they cannot escape is the following: If a person had a visa that allowed them to work, what use would they have for an SVEG? As an example – If I was married to a Filipina then I could have a temporary resident permit. With this an employment permit I could work. Why would I go through the pain of the SVEG? On the rest of this site I will detail the case, harassment and corruption.

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9 Responses to “Philippine Immigration Corruption”

  1. mikey says:

    Read you story. I agree. The BOI is racked with money making scams and abuses of foreigners. What does one expect from crappy inept philippine public servants? Most don’t know their arse from their elbow as long as they manicure their nails on duty and abuse the customers and the public who pay their F£$%3G wages. Foreign governments must act at such discrimination against their nationals and warn the philippine consulates that such behaviour against their citizens will not be tolerated.

  2. jorn weihle says:

    How can the Philippine government allow corruption?

    Are they so bad them self?

  3. Dear Mr. Evans,
    with all due respect to set up your website and announce you r experiences re the Corruption of the Phil. Bureau of Immigration, it can be stated, we appreciate your publish of your legal battle.
    Kindly review the above stated web, inclusive the archive– after I wa detaint for 18 month and won in the Phil Supreme Court against the Immigration Mafia,
    which the largest newspaper stated as BIGGEST CRIMINAL GROUP IN ASIA. After the high court ruling the Presidential Adiser appointed me a law drafter of the new Immigration act to Phil Congress, which I adimit to have done, inclusive to change the rules and deportation proceedings at the Immigration, with the result– that I am now the only Counsel for Immigration, listed in 28 Euro Embassies and freed from illegal detention 86 foreigner, stated in my web and YouTube in international films in DW-TW, BECAUSE I am a German. may you wish to call–+63920.9382.477.
    best regards

  4. Mike says:

    So what was the outcome?

  5. Alejandro says:

    I am a Spanish citizen who was also detained by BI, kept in an open cage cell in Poro Point, isolated, and after three years, deported. I am studying the possibility of an international demand against BI, under the Universal Jurisdiction Law in Spain. If I go ahead with the demand, will you be interested in testify and collaborate?
    Best regards,
    Alejandro Goicoechea

  6. Davao Dave says:

    I am in the process of separating from my Filipino wife. We own a house in cebu. What are my legal rights in regards to the house and land, and the possession with in the house? I know that the wife legally owns the land but what about the house, and the possession within. I paid for everything? Can I rent the house without her permission or sell the possession without her permission? I know I can’t sell the land without her permission.

  7. Kriss McCord says:

    I was wrongfully arrested / detained by BID in 2006.
    I spent 21 Months at Camp Bagong Diwa Detention Centre.There were NO verbal or written charges for more than eleven months. A mock hearing was held by Atty Perez (BID Atty) in July 2007 where it was found that there was no case against me, my detention continued.
    In Sept of 2008 I was deported to UK by BID even after an Injunction had been served on BID.
    I was tortured by BID staff and false accusations against me were published on internet and in media by Commissioner Marcelino Libanan.
    A mock manhunt for myself and four others was initiated by Libanan, even though he KNEW I had been in BID custody for 15 Months and the other four persons were NOT in Philippines.
    I ask President Aquino for JUSTICE, compensation and my right to return to Philippines so as to marry my fiancee of 14 years standing. (we met in 1998)
    I am 62 years old and wish to marry my fiancee and retire in Philippines.
    My fiancee is 59 years old and dependant upon me.

  8. Jerry Chua says:

    Hi buddy, I have some information share with you

    Actually you can’t and not allow to work by using your tourist visa or business visa

    You can have Sveg visa first and Aep together so you can work in the Philippines legally

  9. admin says:

    Jerry Chua, if you read the links on this site it is exactly what was required at the time. The then commissioner of immigration issued an order dismissing all charges against me due to lack of merit. I had followed the rules. However, under a new President in 2011 and a new commissioner that order was reversed. One of the people who stood to lose in this case was a personal friend of your then newly elected President.

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