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Beng asks BID anew to tighten checks on inbound foreigners


For the nth time, Mayor Beng Climaco has reiterated anew her earlier request to the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) to intensify its checks on foreign nationals coming into the City of Zamboanga.

The mayor made this latest call following last week’s bombing incident that killed 10 people in Lamitan, Basilan province, where the suspect, who was among those killed, was believed to be a foreigner. But, this has not been confirmed by authorities.

Climaco, including the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in Western Mindanao that she chairs, has made similar request in the past when foreigners were suspected of involvement in atrocious activities in the region.

“The local government units are just dependent. So, if we have a poor or weak immigration system that does not ‘cleanse’ the entry of foreign terrorists then we will really be infiltrated (by foreign terrorists),” the chief executive was quoted as saying in a recent interview.

A resolution on this effect was recently approved by the RPOC.

However, Climaco stressed that monitoring of foreigners coming in and out of the city has to be really a concerted effort not only of the BOI but also of the Coast Guard and the Philippine Navy to ensure that “we prevent the entry of foreign terrorists into our shores.”

Recall, the Lamitan bombing has prompted the chief executive to order heightened alert in Zamboanga, calling on the entire security forces to be on guard against lawless elements that might be coming in from other places.-(Vic Larato/PR)

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