Immigration chief vows to punish BI men who let the Reyeses flee

August 31, 2012 12:57 am 

MANILA, Aug. 30 — The two immigration officers are likely to lose their jobs and face criminal charges if found that they aided former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes and his brother, Coron Mayor Mario Reyes, in fleeing the country.

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said Rodelio Udarbe and Wesley Gutierrez, who have been relieved of their posts at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), were required to explain within 72 hours why they should not be dismissed from the service in connection with the incident.

David said both employees will be placed under preventive suspension while their cases are being investigated.

On the other hand, David will ask the Office of the Ombudsman and the Department of Justice to investigate the employees to determine their criminal liability then prosecuted for the incident.

He added that the criminal investigation is separate from the administrative probe.

Aside from the two BI airport personnel, David has issued a memorandum directing all BI personnel who were on duty at the NAIA 3 departure area last March 18 to also submit their explanation.

“I asked them to report if they had observed any anomalous or unusual activity at that time that might corroborate reports that BI personnel escorted the Reyeses before their flight,” he said. (PNA)

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