OFWs forced to pay bribes to fly out of RP?

At least 500 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) failed to leave for their jobs in the Middle East since the start of the year allegedly for not being able to “shell out grease money” to Bureau of Immigration (BI) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) personnel assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), sources said yesterday.

The Dubai and Kuwait-bound workers, who requested anonymity, said although they were properly documented, airport authorities prevented them from boarding their plane.

NAIA general manager Edgar Manda could not be reached for comment.

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