Group wants Mison out

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BUREAU of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Siegfred Mison has been found “guilty of simple misconduct” by the Office of the Ombudsman and was reprimanded for filing false and excessive claims for reimbursement of gasoline consumption, parking, and toll fees for his official service vehicle and for his private cars.

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The Ombudsman ruling was among those cited by Buklod-CID, the BI’s official union, in seeking for the immediate removal of Mison for alleged corrupt practices in a June 15 letter to President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd.

The Ombudsman’s decision, a copy of which was obtained by the Manila Times, was issued on October 8, 2012 while Mison was still an associate commissioner. It was based on a complaint filed by the late Felino C. Quirante, Jr., who was then the BI administrative chief.

“With all due respect to your wisdom and integrity, Siegred B.Misin should not have been appointed Commissioner in the first place. Early on, he had already shown a flawed character and corrupt intent,” a letter signed by Buklod president lawyer Faizal Hussin said.

Although Mison was reprimanded for simple misconduct, the group said “it bared the man’s character and integrity.”

The group also cited the mysterious release from detention and subsequent disappearance of Fu Gaofeng, a Chinese, and the coddling of illegal alien Yuan Jin Hua alias Wilson Ong Cheng. Gaofeng was ordered deported on June 19, 2014 for engaging in business without permit.

Yuan, on the other hand, was deported on January 22, 2014 for being an undocumented alien.

The group also accused Mision of pocketing an estimated amount of P1.5 million from the BI Express Lane Trust Fund, the source of overtime compensation and possible bonuses of BI employees, by way of giving himself an overtime pay and bonuses.

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