Criminal and graft complaints were filed against top officials of the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the Office of Ombudsman over the alleged illegal arrest and detention of a Korean businessman.
Charged were former DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima, Undersecretary Ricardo Paras, BID Commissioner Siegfred Mison, Assistant Commissioners Gilbert Repizo, Abdullah Mangotara, Mison’s Chief of Staff Norman Tansingco and Intelligence Chief Carlitos Licas.
De Lima was included for issuing a memorandum asking Mison to expedite the deportation proceedings against Kang Tae Sik, the president of Jinro Phils.
Kang Tae Sik, 71, was arrested in his Makati Office and detained by BID intelligence personnel on Wednesday on the strength of a warrant of deportation issued by Mison.
“We are stunned how contrastingly the Bureau of Immigration (BID) treated the deportation case of Wang Bo, a convicted Chinese fugitive and Mr. Kang Tae Sik, a prominent Korean businessman who is not facing any criminal offense or fugitive from the law. In the case of Wang Bo, the BID had moved heaven and earth and even valiantly faced the Congress investigation on their alleged multimillion-dollar pay-offs. But their mettle finally succumbed to pressure of public outcry when then Secretary Leila, who felt her senatorial bid would be at stake, ordered Wang Bo’s much awaited deportation by the Chinese government,” Redentor Viaje, counsel for Kang, said.
Kang was ordered deported on June 26, 2015 on the complaint of his former counsel, Alex Tan, that the businessman was convicted of violation of B.P. 22, some 20 years ago.
When Viaje argued at the DOJ that Kang’s conviction cannot be the basis for his deportation, de Lima remanded the case to the BID for reevaluation. On May 21, 2015, the bureau issued a resolution ordering anew the deportation of Kang based on a new charge, for being an undesirable alien.