BI relieves Davao official‏

October 19, 2011 10:03 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 19 — A top official of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) at the Davao City field office has been relieved of her duties pending an investigation of the recent escape of a detained American national, according to the BI Wednesday.

Maria Kiamco, who was reassigned at the BI’s immigration regulation division in Manila, has been given 72 hours with two other Davao field office employees within which to explain why no administrative and criminal charges should be filed against them due to the disappearance of Tigor Hasongan Siapanar, 27, an American of Indonesian descent, from his BI detention cell last Oct. 17.

It was learned that Siapanar bolted from his cell before dawn last Monday after cutting its iron grills with a steel saw.

Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said that personnel tasked with guarding the foreign inmate may be administratively charged with gross neglect of duty and slapped with a criminal complaint for infidelity in the custody of prisoners.

“I will not hesitate to file charges against anyone who will be found liable for this incident,” David said in a statement.

According to BI acting intelligence chief, Maria Antonette Mangrobang, a team of immigration agents has already been dispatched to investigate the detainee’s escape.

The team, she said, was directed to coordinate with the Davao police in conducting a manhunt for Siapanar.

The Davao policemen apprehended Siapanar for illegal possession of firearms and subsequently turned over to the BI on January 11, this year, where authorities later learned that he is an undocumented and overstaying alien when he failed to produce his passport.

The BI added Siapanar never bothered to file for an extension of his stay as tourist since his last arrival in Manila on July 16, 2007.

Siapanar is facing several criminal cases including attempted murder, domestic violence, child abuse, and illegal drugs that are pending before the courts in Davao City. (PNA) DCT/BLV/utb

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