Justice department rejects BI reshuffle


THE Department of Justice (DoJ) has disapproved the latest round of reshuffles at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) that  involves  the designation and reassignment of  18 immigration officials and personnel.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente made the request  in a memorandum, dated July 28, addressed to  Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd seeking approval of  personnel orders designating and reassigning the subject employees.

But Aguirre, in his memorandum reply dated August 4, denied Morente’s request.

“After evaluation of  the personnel recommended through the Personnel Orders, we regret to inform you that the appointment, designation and/or re-assignment as the case maybe, …. are hereby disapproved,” Aguirre said in his memorandum, a copy of which was obtained by The Manila Times.

The 18 personnel were identified as Samuel Sagun, retired police Gen. Charles Calima Jr., Jeofffrey delos Reyes Tupas,  lawyer Vicente Uncad, lawyer Norman Tansinco, Sidney Roy Dimaandal, Candice Dawn Miraflor, Sharif Guera, Aldwin Pascua, Raul Medina, Lady Joan Ruiz, Ma. Angelica Timtiman, Sherelynn Golimlim, Melvin Mabulac, Ma. Timotea Barizo, Romeo Mangulat and lawyer Arnulfo Maminta.

Morente earlier said the reshuffle was primarily aimed at preventing fraternization among employees that has been identified as a major source of corruption in government agencies.

The move involves the transfer of personnel stationed in major airports, particularly at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminals  I, 2 and  and 3, designation of  new immigration head supervisors and reassignment of immigration officers to head key units at the main office and sub-port offices.

Morente also plans to reassign  immigration officers currently posted at the main office back to the airports to provide faster and more efficient service.

The BI intelligence division had been  reorganized with the appointment of a new acting chief, retired police general Charles Calima Jr.

Also reorganized was the bureau’s Fugitive Search Unit under lawyer Jose Carlitos Licas, which reverted to its old status as a unit under the intelligence division.


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  1. Dapat ang unang tanggalin diyan ay ang secretary of justice na yan. Protector ng corrupt elements at salot sa gobyerno. Talagang hindi tayo uusad pag nandiyan ang mga ganyan. Dapat i-salvage na yan at para mabawasan naman ang tagapagtanggol ng masasama sa gobyerno, katulad ng ginagawa sa tagapagtanggol sa illegal-drug-business.

  2. Peter Gonzales on

    To reshuffle personnel at the Bureau of Immigration is one of the tools to root out corruption. Its disapproval by the Secretary of Justice without any explanation smacks on the policy of the DU30 administration to make our government transparent and responsive to the desire of the people for clear and honest government. This disapproval
    is tainted and people on the list may be friends and minions of the Secretary of Justice under his protection.