Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. of the Bureau of Immigration has resigned from his post, a Malacañang official confirmed on Tuesday.
Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said President Benigno Aquino 3rd has accepted David’s resignation and thanked him for his service to the country.
The resignation letter was submitted to President Aquino on July 12, according to Valte.
Asked why the BI chief had to quit, Valte said that “Commissioner David felt it was proper for him to take full responsibility for events that may have transpired under his leadership of the bureau.”
Reports said David and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima recommended Siegfred Mison to the post. But Valte said she has no idea who will replace the immigration chief.
“I have no information on the replacement yet. We have not been apprised of any replacement,” she told reporters.
Until a replacement is named, David will stay on in his post, Valte said.
Aquino scolded David and BI personnel during the agency’s 72nd anniversary for their failures, including the escape of high-profile fugitives and entry of foreign cybercrime human trafficking syndicate members into the Philippines.
The President also cited the mysterious disappearance of Kim Tae Dong from Saint Luke’s Medical Center in 2011 and the escape of the Reyes brothers who are wanted in connection with the January 2011 ambush of environmentalist Gerry Ortega.
David was named to the BI post in March 2011, shortly after his retirement as Armed Forces chief. The President believed that David could be tapped in carrying out similar reforms in the immigration bureau.
David served as Armed Forces chief at a time when the military organization was rocked by allegations of corruption.
A member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class of 1977, David also served as member of the Presidential Security Group during the administration of the late president Corazon Aquino.