DEMORALIZATION is sweeping the ranks of the Bureau of the Immigration (BI) in the wake of an order from Justice Secretary Alfred Benjamin Caguioa bestowing increased authority to two associate commissioners who had figured prominently in the Wang Bo scandal.
This developed with the announcement of Caguioa’s Department Order No. 911 last week, substantiating earlier rumors of a “shakeup” at BI following the congressional probe on alleged extortion-bribery involving Chinese fugitive Wang.
Indeed, the agency that has earned praises for significant reforms was shaken by Caguioa’s move to reward the crooks instead of penalizing them for irregularities in the handling of deportation cases.
To prevent a repeat of Wang’s case, Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison stripped Associate Commissioners Gilberto Repizo and Abdullah Mangotara of the authority to sign documents.
Well, Caguioa reinstated the authority of Repizo as “commissioner-in-charge” of the border control operations of all ports nationwide, and designated Mangotara “commissioner-in-charge” of the security and intelligence division.
This took place amid allegations of massive extortion by BI officials in connivance with a private group to harass and coerce foreign businessmen in the country.
Guess what, Repizo’s first move as “commissioner-in-charge” this week was to recall the immigration officers (IOs) earlier reassigned by Mison to other BI airports and seaports.
These IOs include those known for “questionable” activities at their former posts.
Apparently, remaining scalawags at BI could not wait to get back their mulcting ways, like bloody piranhas that prey on foreigners.
Instead of going after undocumented aliens, such as notorious fugitives, these shameless extortionists prey on legitimate businessmen, who have made the Philippines their “second home country.”
One glaring example is that of Kang Tae Sik, a prominent Korean national whom the Korean Embassy and Korean association in the Philippines vouched for after falling victim to a “blackmail” syndicate.
Kang’s lawyer, Reden Viaje, insists that either private prosecutor or private complainant should be barred from intervening in the case, pursuant to the Supreme Court decision.
Tan, himself a former counsel of Kang, filed a deportation case against the trader and set up his own business, importing exotic drinks from Korea.
The lawyer insisted that his ex-boss is an undesirable alien, having been convicted for a violation of BP 22 (bouncing check), which Kang claimed was a setup.
Tan had allegedly asked Kang for P50 million to avoid deportation, which the Korean rejected.
Viaje protested Tan’s participation either as private prosecutor or private complainant and demanded he be barred to intervene in the case, pursuant to a Supreme Court ruling.
“In deportation cases, the Court cannot conceive of any justification for a private party to have any right to intervene,” Viaje said.
While Kang awaits Caguioa’s decision on his case, Tan on October 28 led BI agents and “private operatives” to the Korean’s Makati office and hauled the trader to the BI detention facility in Taguig City.
When the “special ops” leaked to the media, however, Caguioa was prompted to order the release of Kang days later.
So, it shows these crooks at BI did not learn from the Wang Bo scandal. And this time around, they are victimizing a long-time investor in the country.
And with Caguioa’s recent order, looks like Mison’s powers as commissioner have been clipped. Viaje blamed a DOJ ranking official for coddling BI scalawags.
The DOJ chief had better reconsider his order granting more powers to corrupt, incompetent officials, whose only qualification is their affiliation with him.
I’m sorry to say this but I really don’t trust this no good Caguioa!!!
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