Syndicate behind ‘pastillas’ scheme linked to trafficking of Filipino women to Syria

MANILA, Philippines —The alleged masterminds behind the pastillas bribery scheme at the Bureau of Immigration have been linked to another racket — the outbound trafficking of Filipino women. This comes after Sen. Risa Hontiveros, who chairs the Senate committee on women, last week said certain immigration officials receive P50,000 per Filipino trafficked out of the country, citing the personal account of one of the victims of a trafficking operation to Syria. During the Senate panel hearing on the matter, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente named the immigration officers who stamped the pas…

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