BI gets biometrics equipment from US gov?t

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BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. accepted the equipment from US Ambassador Harry Thomas in a simple ceremony at the US Embassy in Manila last Thursday, April 11. David said the biometrics devices will help immigration officers and intelligence operatives detect fraudulent travel documents and thwart the entry of wanted foreign fugitives and blacklisted aliens. The equipment will be used by the BI intelligence division and the airport operations division based at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Ma. Antonette Mangrobang, acting BI intelligence chief, explained that with the biometrics equipment, the bureau will now to be able to build a wider and more reliable database of the illegal aliens and foreign fugitives by immigration intelligence operatives. She said the device will scan the fingerprints of all arrested aliens and the data will be kept in a database along with their photographs. Mangrobang added the same procedure will be employed by immigration officials at the NAIA for aliens who are excluded and blacklisted at the premiere port. ?This will prevent these blacklisted aliens from re-entering the country even if they assume a different name, use a different passport or disguise their physical appearances,? she said. ]]>

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