'Extortionists' at Manila airport identified

DUBAI — The Presidential Anti-Illegal Recruitment Task Force (PAIRTF), which had been investigating complaints of extortion, has recently identified those responsible in exacting money from UAE-bound travellers at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), disclosed Edgardo Castro, PAIRTF-NAIA supervisor.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 24 Feb 2005, 9:24 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:35 PM

A number of passengers who had been offloaded in Manila had alleged that they had to pay thousands of pesos to certain airport officials so that they won't be barred from leaving the country. They had pointed accusing fingers at the PAIRTF at NAIA.

In a phone interview, Castro told Khaleej Times that he hopes to have both the task force and his name cleared.

“We are just doing an honest job here. Yes, I admit that I confiscate their passports and visit visas but these are used as evidence against those trying to seek employment in Dubai using visit visas. We also allow the departure of legitimate travellers,” Castro said.

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