• Palace eyes ex-AFP chief to replace Mison

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    AS allegations of corruption rock the Bureau of Immigration (BI), Malacanang is reportedly ready to let go of Immigration Commissioner Sigfried Mison and replace him with Customs Deputy Commissioner Jessie Dellosa, a source at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said on Sunday.

    “The President wants Dellosa to clean up the Bureau of Immigration, just like what he did at the Bureau of Customs (BOC),” the source added.

    Dellosa is the Customs Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence.

    Mison and his two deputies were investigated for the alleged P40-million payoff made by Chinese crime lord Wang Bo.

    Mison, a West Point graduate, is facing at least three complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman, the latest of which was filed by BI Intelligence chief Faisal Hussin for alleged violation of accounting rules and regulations.

    Earlier, Mison and five other bureau officers, including the warden of the BI detention facility in Bicutan in Taguig City (Metro Manila) were also charged by intelligence officer Ricardo Cabochan with gross violation of Republic Act 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

    But Mison, through BI spokesman Elaine Tan, had said the allegations were part of a black propaganda against him.

    Dellosa, a former chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1979, has been instrumental in initiating reforms that were said to have reduced corruption in the BOC.

    But a highly-placed Customs source said it would take a lot of convincing from the President to persuade Dellosa to transfer to the Immigration bureau.

    “Dellosa is a man of mission, a man of principle. Knowing him, he would rather retire if he is transferred to another government position,” the source told The Manila Times.

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