BI chief faces another criminal complaint


EMBATTLED Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison is facing another criminal complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman for alleged violation of accounting rules and regulations law.

The complaint against Mison was filed by the Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) intelligence chief Faizal Hussin, who was transferred from the intelligence division to the office of the immigration commissioner.

Hussin accused Mison of drawing “overtime fee” in violation of Section 3(a) and (e) of Republic Act 3019 in relation to Section 284 of the Government Accounting Rules and Regulations (GARR).

He added that Mison’s overtime and bonuses were being withdrawn from the Express Lane Trust Fund earmarked for the BI employees.

Hussin explained that as BI chief, Mison is not entitled to overtime pay as specified under Sec. 284 of the GARR, which specifically states that “payment of overtime service . . . shall not apply to officials occupying positions enumerated (under the statute), which includes department secretaries, undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, bureau and regional directors, and others.”

“Despite his knowledge of the said rule, Commissioner Mison, a lawyer, upon his assumption in office drew and continues to draw overtime pay of at least P75,000 a month, plus bonuses and other emoluments mandated only for the rank and file,” Hussin said.

“Mison’s act of giving himself and receiving overtime pay was made possible only by his persuading, inducing or influencing another public officer (the chief of the BI financial management division and subordinate officials) to perform an act . . . constituting a violation of rules and regulations duty promulgated by competent authority,” he added.

Earlier, Mison and five other bureau officers, including the warden of the BI detention facility in Bicutan were also charged by intelligence officer Ricardo Cabochan with gross violation of Republic Act 6713, otherwise known as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officers and Employees.

Cabochan’s complaint stemmed from the sudden release and disappearance of Fu Gaofeng who has reportedly been illegally working in the Philippines.


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