Chinese fugitive’s deportation case, De Lima signs deportation documents but holds the same
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has created a team that will look into an alleged bribery scandal among lawmakers and immigration officials on the deportation case against Wang Bo, a Chinese who is wanted in his country for illegal gambling.
She said five agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will conduct the probe of money allegedly changing hands in exchange for the lawmakers’ vote for the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
The NBI agents are Peter Chan Lugay, Arnold Diaz, Catherine Camposano-Remigio, Glenn Anthony Quimio and Cesar Reyes.
“After the conclusion of the fact-finding investigation, the team shall evaluate the testimonies, documents and other evidence they have gathered in the course of such investigation and, therefter, determine the possible criminal and administrative offenses committed by any individual in said case, if any, and file the necessary cases,” the order read.
De Lima ordered the NBI team to finish its investigation in 30 days.
Her order covers “all concerned Bureau of Immigration [BI] officials” who handled the case of Wang from his arrest at the airport last February 10 to issuance of a resolution by BI Board of Commissioners last May 26 granting temporary liberty to the fugitive.
Covered by the probe are BI Commissioner Siegfred Mison and Associate Commissioners Abdullah Mangotara and Gilbert Repizo.
De Lima told the NBI agents to “review and evaluate all relevant documents on Wang’s deportation case.”
The DOJ chief mandated the NBI team to interview Wang himself and also “private individuals involved in the filing of a dubious criminal complaint against Wang with the Manila prosecutor’s office.”
She believes that it was a tactic to delay the deportation of Wang.
De Lima had stayed her ruling deporting the Chinese fugitive because of the NBI probe.
Wang has been in detention since his arrest last February 10 upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport from Malaysia.
China has sought Wang’s deportation for his criminal cases pending there.
In a 13-page resolution, dated June 8, 2015, de Lima reinstated the March 5, 2015 deportation order issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) against Wang and junked a May 21, 2015 resolution of the BI’s Board of Commissioners that reversed the order.
Immigration Commissioner Siegfried Mison ruled that Wang should be deported but he was outvoted by Associate Commissioners Mangotara and Repizo.
De Lima stated that there is “sufficient proof” to establish that Wang is a fugitive from justice and that he is carrying a canceled passport.
The resolution overturned the Board of Commissioners’ position that the Chinese embassy failed to present authenticated documents.
De Lima said the position taken by the board was “absurd” and “raised suspicions on the very motivations behind all of these strained efforts to prevent [Wang’s] deportation to China.”
“[I]n deportation proceedings, the foreign national bears the onus of proving that he should not be deported and his sojourn in the Philippines is legal. Here, in light of the legal presumption of regularity of the Chinese Embassy’s performance of its official acts, the foreign national should have presented clear and convincing evidence to the effect that his entry and stay in the Philippines is licit.”
“The dissenting Associate Commissioners, instead, would reverse the presumption, from one of regularity to one of questionable origin, and in so doing putting into issue the very foundation and rationale for the existence of foreign missions of every government in the planet, i.e., representation of the official business of the foreign government in the host country,” de Lima’s resolution read.