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Lawmaker says Aquino ‘one-sided’ in scolding Bureau of Immigration

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MANILA, Philippines—Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez on Wednesday said he believed that President Benigno Aquino III was one-sided in scolding the Bureau of Immigration (BI), and that Aquino should have also lauded the immigration officials as “the first line of defense of the country against terrorists and illegal aliens.”

In an interview over Radyo Inquirer, Rodriguez, who was a former immigration chief, said he believed that by and large, immigration officials did their jobs well and only some were tempted by big bucks.

Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez. Photo from congress.gov.ph

“Wag namang lahatin kasi bababa ang moral (Don’t blame all, their morale might go down),” Rodriguez said.

In a speech during the bureau’s 72nd anniversary celebration, Aquino scolded its officials for various controversies they were allegedly involved with, particularly the reported escape of high-profile fugitives former Palawan governor Joel Reyes and his brother, Coron Mayor Mario Reyes.

Rodriguez admitted the agency needed fine tuning, and should not have allowed lower ranking immigration officials to serve as acting immigration officers.

Rodriguez noted that the officials who reportedly escorted the Reyeses were a security guard and administrative officer, and not high ranking officials from the BI.

He added that while there was a need for them to be reminded about the issues, the president should have also lauded the bureau for their achievements, which he said included increase in revenues.


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  • barong

    E ang dami ngang nakakapasok at nakakalabas illegaly ng bansa, pupurihin mo pa ang BI. I think Mr Rodriguez does not know the reality of the situation in BI. BI should act on the matter.

  • les21reago

    But the good SOLON might as well admit to the observations made by Frank Chavez that (1.0) There is a need of strong leadership in the bureau (2.0) the leadership CONNIVE with the scalawags in the bureau…

  • valentinlbonite

    The government should look into the tenure of Rodriguez as immigration commissioner himself during the time of Erap. His was not without scandals. Some lawyers he brought along with him to the bureau were said to have earned big bucks serving as escort guys. It is a good thing he still have that little decency to refrain from joining the “matuwid na daan” of P-Noy and stick it out with his patron, the ex-convict former president Erap.

  • Jun Go

     “Wag namang lahatin kasi bababa ang moral (Don’t blame all, their morale might go down),” Rodriguez said.

    tama ka dyan, pero minsan tanggapin natin ang katotohan, kung di ngayon sasabunin, eh kailan?
    di lahat ng sanggay ng gobyerno bulok, kaso nga lang dahil sa dami ng mga bulok na nakapwesto, pati yung matitirang matino apektado.

    isipin mo na lang ang isang bahay, kung ang bubong na lang ang matino, at ang  kisami, pader at papag ay bulok na, di ba apektadong baklasin na rin ang matinong bubong. ganyan ang gobyerno natin, kasama na ang iyong sanggay na pinagsisilbihan.

    Rodriguez noted that the officials who reportedly escorted the Reyeses
    were a security guard and administrative officer, and not high ranking
    officials from the BI.

    isipin mo yan, security guard ang napakag-palabas ng kriminal…. so command responsibility.  isang mali apektado lahat.

    so tutal din lang nangangarap kang maging senador, at mambabatas ka ngayon, bakit di kaya tumulong ka sa paghuli sa mga tiwali sa gobyerno.

  • w4d

    Rodriguez noted that the officials who reportedly escorted the Reyeses were a security guard and administrative officer, and not high ranking officials from the BI.

    That there is a very clear example of the lack of discipline within the ranks and accountability among its chain of command. I’m sure if it was a commendable action by a security guard, the immediate supervisor will be saying, “Ahh, I trained that guy, myself.”

    Rodriguez’ statement is only showing the typical immature, egoistic, and high ranking official that he is.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A7PQXB4HHZB7KH4BXK7LJXGNOY Mike

     “He added that while there was a need for them to be reminded about the
    issues, the president should have also lauded the bureau for their
    achievements, which he said included increase in revenues” —>>> WHAT REVENUES? If he is referring to the fees collected when a foreigner apply for tourist visa, then I guess the credit should goes to the DOT and not to BI bec BI main function is to screen the incoming and outgoing travelers regardless of nationality. hayyyy naku naman talaga….

  • droccu

    Let’s stop sugar coating the performances of government agencies. Just tell it as it is. I’m sick and tired already of the general “palusot” that government workers in general are doing their jobs well and only some are tempted by big bucks. If these government do gooders are tolerating the bad ones no matter how few they are, they are in effect tolerating, aiding and abetting these criminals…They know who these people are and they should report them to Pnoy.

  • Josh Bummer

    The good congressman has a good point. Why highlight the “kapalpakan,” when the agency also accomplished good things. It’s similar to PNoy begging the media to highlight good news rather than bad news.

    • JJF724

      That is not the same.  Noli’s comments during the news is personal and baseless.  Noli is making the good news bad to those people who don’t think but just believing his comments.

  • beatmanny

    parang walang pinag aralan si aquino. pwede namang sa ibang okasyon nya sermonan ang BI. 

    • andresa igbac

      tehot…at kelan pa nya pagagalitan ang mga taga BI? ano pang okasyon aber? eh yong mga komentators nga sa mga news sites eh kahit anong okasyon at kahit anong oras eh banat ng banat, kahit may masabi lang.

      • beatmanny

        napakabobo mo.. kelan pa pagagalitan? pwede naman nya siguro ipatawag yung mga taga BI sa ibang okasyon, bakit kung kailan pa sila nagcecelebrate?

        sayo kaya gawin yun, kung may nagawa ka man mali at isiwalat yun kunwari sa kasal mo o nagcecelebrate ng bday or what.

        haay iha konting isip lang no. wag palengkera.

  • Pyrite C

    Doing their work is what is expected.  Doing failures and lapses are not.  Between the two, isn’t it logical that the later need more notice.

    Wag kayong umasa ng papuri kung ginagawa nyo lang ang trabaho nyo.  Nasanay kasi kayo ng palpak kaya gumawa kayo ng tama, dapat ng papurian.

  • dani77777

    During Rufus Rodriguez stint as Commissioner of Bureau of Immigration sangkatutak na kurakot at mangongotong sa sangay ng gobyerno na to. It gives me the idea that he himself is corrupt kaya it was the order of the day. Kawawa ang mga customers or client who stood their ground not to bribe. Doon sa canteen , garapal ang mga empleyado ng immigration na nadi-deal sa mga kliyente.

    He now has the audacity siguro may mga naiwan pa siyang galamay diyan sa BI.

    Magdusa kayo dahil sisipain kayo ni Commissioner David.

    Kayo ang bastos. Lingkod bayan lang kaya sinabihan kayo ni President Aquino.

  • diegogo

    si Rufus na naman?! May media blitz si loko ah hehehe…mahigit isang linggo nang laman ng balita, una yung tantrum nya sa kongreso, tapos ilang araw na sunod-sunod na may “comment” sa mga isyu…hindi ka rin obvious ano?…magagalit sayo si Mitos nyan….sabagay, free publicity hehehe

    • svrino2

      Natumbok talaga sir.

  • farmerpo

    Mukhang di bihasa sa command responsibility si former commissioner. Kasi daw secu lang at administrative officer ang nag escort kin Reyes…. kaya ba okey lang???  

  • rosamistika16

    isang ordinaryong empleyado at security guard ang nakapagpalabas sa mga fugitives na reyes?!  gusto nyo bang paniwalaan ko na walang alam ang mga nsa taas sa ginawa ng dalawang eto? pra ba namang security guard na ang nagpapalakad ngyon sa immigration!

    dapat lng kayong pagalitan lalo na kayong nsa pwesto!  nagpapalakas lng eto si rodriguez!

  • alfred sanchez

    pag pupunta ka sa airport mag isa ioofload ka kaagad tas tatanungin ka nung taga immigration kung ano gagawin mo sa ibang bansa, hindi ka papasakayin dahil aakusahan kang mag hahanap ng trabaho, papaalisin ka lang kung magbabayad ka or pag naka alis na yung sasakyan mong eroplano, nasan na ng rights to travel natin? migrante, kmu, etc magaling sa media pero natutulog lang din sa pansitan

  • curatolo

    Rufus sa tingin mo ba kung walang mataas  na opisyal na nag back up dun sa mga nag escort sa Reyes brothers para makatakas, gagawin nila yun? Ang iniwang corruption ng huling administration ay napa ka hirap alisin. Dapat kamay na bakal gamitin, kasi wala nang takot mga yan basta kumita lang.

    • svrino2

      Tama sir. Reyes bothers are high profile persons at d yan makalusot kung walang mataas na nag utos sa mga guardiya o admin staff.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

    I have NO PROBLEM with PNOY SCOLDING govt officials who are SITTING ON THEIR JOBS…..Dapat lang.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TKDGAAHNYTUQ5PSYX4CDPVWZUU Xela

    EPAL !!!

  • JJF724

    Yup PNOY is one sided kasi ayaw niyang maki pag plastikan and he always siding what is best for the people in general.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

      owwsss, siding with what is best hah? but keeping and offering Puno with other juicy govt position is never best for the people…. 

  • lemon88

    CONG. RUFUS MAARING TAMA KA DAPAT HINDI LAHAT. PAPAANO KUNG PAULIT-ULIT NALANG NA GANYAN, IMAGINE 2 ORDINARYO EMPLEADO ANG NAKAPAGPALABAS SA 2 FUGITIVE NA REYES IMPOSSIBLE WALANG ALAM ANG MGA NAKAKATAAS SA KANILA.  SA IBANG BANDA MAARING HINDI TAMA C P-NOY COZ IN PUBLIC NYA SINABON ANG MGA OFFICIALS AT EMPLEADO. NGUNIT SA AKIN ME MAGANDANG EPEKTO AT ARAL ITO PARA SA MGA TIWALING GOV’T OFFICIALS AND EMPLEADO

  • boybakal

    “Rodriguez, who was a former immigration chief, said he believed that by and large,immigration officials did their jobs well and only some were tempted by big bucks”

    I agree…tong si Pnoy akala mo kung sinong perfecto.
    How many million passengers are arriving in the country daily.
    Masusubaybayan ba ang bawat galaw ng pasahero e every second ay may nasa counter for entry and exit.
    May nakakapasok at may nakakalabas gaya din naman sa US na may nakakapasok na terorista.
    There might be some bad eggs but not all.

    Nawiwili na itong si Pnoy sa kasesermon. Hindi naman yan mga bata na dapat sabihan at hiyain.
    Alam nila ang kanilang ginagawa.
    Kung manghihiya wag naman sa buong publico.
    Ika nga sa english if you want to wash your dirty laundry not in public maamoy ang baho at dumi.

    Pag nagStrike yan mga taga Bureau of Immigration, tiyak pasok ang mga terorista tiyak iiyak tong administration.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PNJLPLVSXXI7J6DZFRB6TZ22KY Matthew Ferraro

      Noted.

    • suroy_suroy

       “How many million passengers are arriving in the country daily?”

       Megalomaniacal?  3,520,000 international tourists made it in the whole year of 2010 to the Philippines.

      • boybakal

         tourist yan sinasabi mo, how about OFWs, Balikbayans.
        pinagususapan yon dumadating at umaalis di lang turista.

      • suroy_suroy

         Balikbayans are counted as tourists, OFWs I’m not sure.

        Anyway, only 1,000,000 passengers a day would be a good filled 2,500 wide bodied aircrafts landing in all international airports around the Philippines and you are talking about Millions (plural) of passengers, ridiculous.

    • YunOh

      Nawiwili na itong si Pnoy sa kasesermon. Hindi naman yan mga bata na dapat sabihan at hiyain. -> So bale dapat pinuri sila ni Pnoy? Dahil may nakakalusot na mga tao papasok at palabas?
      Alam nila ang kanilang ginagawa. -> May nakakalusot nga paano mo nasabing alam nila ginagawa nila?
      Kung manghihiya wag naman sa buong publico. -> yung BI ay sangay ng gobyerno.  Ang gobyerno ang nagseserbisyo sa publico.  So wag papahiyain sa publico? e tax payers money sweldo ng mga yan.  Pera naming pinaghirapan.  Tama lang na sermonan yan sa harap ng publikong nagbabayad ng buwis.
       Ika nga sa english if you want to wash your dirty laundry not in public maamoy ang baho at dumi. -> Inde ba dapat naman malaman ng taong bayan baho nila? baket mo itatago?

      May masabi ka lang kahit di pinagisipan.. kawawa naman kami kung boboto ka sa 2016.. alam na e

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T4UWEQIDXLS7RQXY2DDQTV6MNE carol

      Don’t ever let him to be invited into your aniiversary or any function as guest speaker, titirahin kayo. In the states he was invited to this filipino association as guest speaker, to know what are his plans for the country, in return, all they heard was GMA is corrupt, GMA is going to jail, GMA blah blah blah. Nakakasawa na, platforms ang kailangan at trabaho to alleviate poverty and employment.

  • svrino2

    Observation lang. Very visible and very vocal ngayon ang mga politicians ah. Talagang malapit na ang election.

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    I’m wondering if the mediocre president can do the same stunt with the dispute on China. 
    I bet he can’t.  Observing from his latest reaction to the unsuccessful bilateral talks, one can only expect more & more mediocrities.
    Hahahahaha!  Objectivism is the key!

    • Edward Castro

      any suggestion?

  • Andres Bisaya

    Cong. Rufus, high profile sir, mga nakasibat at hundreds of foreign scammers/criminals nakapasok, that definitely outweighs whatever gains BI made.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PNJLPLVSXXI7J6DZFRB6TZ22KY Matthew Ferraro

       Noted po.

  • jesslink

    isang pang talangka nasa tongreso…

  • carlorocci

    Dami ngan nakakapasok na illegal alien na chinese, ehhh… punta ka na lang sa Divisoria….Daming nagtitindang chinese na illegal alien……Tong. Rufus mamili ka sa Divisoria pag night market….

  • bobonirex

    then for how many times the BI will be scolded, they are doing this scam for how many years now, even the time of Rodriguez,  security personnel or administrative are all the same coz it means they do it because they have people from BI with their scam, palusot ka pa,I traveled in and out of the country since 1987 and until now I could see that BI officers have the same faces, medyo makapal.

  • svrino2

    Kung may mga palpak dapat ay sabunin para matuhan naman. Pero d lang dapat dun magtatapos. Dapat kasuhan or panagutin kung sino man yung pumalpak o nagpalusot.

  • anton kinuton

    bat nakiki-alam ito, tapos na ang kanyang pag-upo sa BI. maging presidente ka muna…

  • Andres_Bagumbayan

    Kung may dapat sisihin sa kawalang husay ng mga kawani ng BID ay mismong si Haring BS aquino…Unang una,sino ba ang nagtalaga ng mga pinuno dito? Di ba lahat ng mga iyan ay aprubado ni BS…puwes,sisishin din niya ang kanyang sarili sa dahilan kung sino-sino kaibigan at kaalyado niya ang inilalagay niya sa posisyon kahit ito ay walang kakayahan mamuno…

    Simpleng kataga lamang ang masasabi ko at ito ay:

    May “inutil” na kawani ang pamahalaan dahil “inutil” din ang pinuno nito at dahil din may isang “inutil” na Pangulo ang nagluklok sa “inutil” na pinuno ng “inutil” na kawani ng pamahalaan…

    Ang daming Inutil sa Pamahalaan natin nuon at magpahanggang ngayon!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MDOEHEMLNVSTET7ZCS2MKQ7WRI Flavio

       baka ikaw ang inutil ? ano na ba ang nagawa mo sa buhay kundu magsaing at mamalantsa …

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DMQA5JDNNAY3CTREKDGKPNQD6A ronie

      no way………..  accountability doesn’t apply to pnoy. don’t u know?

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    “Wag namang lahatin kasi bababa ang moral,” Rodriguez said.

    That’s not supposed to be a lawmaker and lawyer’s line.  That’s a policeman’s.

    On the contrary, a truly honest BID employee listening to the President’s speech would have loved it and felt inspired.  Inside him, he would have been screaming to his corrupt co-employees, “That’s it, Mr. President, go, go, go.. flush them out, prosecute them.”

    Morale?  Who gives a dammn for the morale of the corrupt?  It’s a devil-induced one and makes them go on and on with their corrupt ways.  Mr. Rep. Rodriquez has mistaken being “one-sided” with being firm and resolute.  A common mistake of double-faced politicians like him.

  • andresa igbac

    ituloy mo lang yan Mr. President. it’s time to stop baby sitting govt agencies that are well-known for corruption. matagal ng nagtitimpi ang taong bayan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MDOEHEMLNVSTET7ZCS2MKQ7WRI Flavio

    uror talaga itong rufus na ‘to. balat sibuyas kayong mga taga BI  amoy bawang naman kayo sa kurapsyon. magtigil ka nga , rufus….

  • pej1972

    Pakiusap sa mga taga Cagayan De Oro, pakiretire nyo na itong isang ito. Congressman, kumusta na po ang status ng naSendong sa inyo? Kagagaling ko lang jan, lalo na sa Balulang, yung mga kalsada po, hanggang ngayon, kala mo kahapon lang yung Sendong.

  • http://inquirer.net unokritiko

    Look who’s talking as if has contributed something in BI office!!!!
    I believe what he earned before he became congressman came for this office!!!!!
     

  • tonto_ka

    RODRIGUEZ what achievements are you talking about in the BI…The WHITE ENVELOP containing the GREASE MONEY for people with visit visa going to UAE??? have you eliminated that practice during your term???

    • pearly_shells

      cguro isa ka sa mga nagbyad ng grease money, tourist worker pero hndi ka nakakuha ng matinong trabaho sa uae kaya bitter ka hanggang ngayon, nag take chance ka pinagbigyan ka ng officer at your own risk…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Lahat kasi may kasalanan…pwera lang siya.
    Ang hari ng ka-hipokritohan; bara-bara kapag pumuna pero kapag palpak niya, sorrry na lang at “good news” ang dapat.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PKSL5H6B6CA5YFEI26JAQTR2EM perry

    security guard and administrative officer lang naman daw ang nag-escort sa mga reyes palabas ng airport, eh sino ba ang kanatao sa booth ng immigration di ba mga kawani din at kasamahan ng dalawang nag-escort sa mga reyes… kung gustong sitahin ang paglabas ng mga reyes ng mga tao ng BI during that time magagawa nila kaya lang magkakabaro sila eh… baka sa susunod sila naman ang mangailangan ng tulong nila… 

    palagay ko maraming natutuwa sa mga empleyado ng BI sa sinabi ni Pnoy, lalo na ang mga tuwid at di corrupt, ang natakot lamang diyan ay yung mga tiwaling tauhan ng ahensya…. 

    bato-bato sa langit ang tamaan ay wag magalit…

  • Cal_Reznick

    The President’s scolding is definitely “one sided” and that side does not include him even when  he should be held as much accountable for the short-comings of the BI as the people of the BI.

    This President loves blaming others and pointing fingers at others to take attention away from his under-performance as President.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MDOEHEMLNVSTET7ZCS2MKQ7WRI Flavio

       ogag ka pala e. ano ang gusto mo , bigyan ni PNoy ng bonus o kaya ‘tap in the back’ man lang ang mga taga BI ganun pulos high profile palpak ang performance ng nila ? pweeeh

      • Cal_Reznick

        Nope! I’d like for the President, not just on this issue but other issues, to take responsibiliy and start fixing the mess before it gets out of control.

        On top of that, stop making excuses for his lack of productivity.

        Another example, is the severe floods last August. Had be set in place flood control systems prior to the heavy rains then maybe the floods would not have been as bad. However, instead he ignored it and only after the floods caused so much damage did he decide to finally act on the flood control system.

        That’s not just what i want, that’s what would be best for the PI for the President to start working before things get really bad coz then if he does work maybe things went get to that point.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TJWGZNNPN7OESJQ2VG2MKRPDPE alice

    di ako maka-Pnoy but i think he did well in speaking his mind  sa BI. totoo naman na me mga tiwali pa sa ahensya.  at least let give him the credit now.  hindi sya nagbubulag-bulagan.  we all know whats going on, we hear all sorts of stories. lets not put the blame on Pnoy now.  all dept heads have the responsibility and balls to fix their own homes.  come on lets face the reality tama na ang goody goody at pa-cute.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Cong. Rufus, yung mga binanggit mong accomplishments ay
    expected of them and nothing extra-ordinary. 
    Kaya sinermonan ay garapal na ang palakad.  Gets mo?

  • dikoy321

    P-Noy would have been one-sided and wrong if the agency SIMPLY did it’s job in accordance with Law and per BI regulations, orders, memo, and the like!

    Rufus was former BI chief, WHY DID HE NOT DO HIS JOB WELL, when his PAY was also given WELL?

    Good Job Mr President Noynoy Aquino! 

    Call a spade a spade and KICK out the BAD EGGS in gov’t!

    CARRY ON!

  • speedstream2

    What’s one-sided about the Chief Executive simply re-stating what transpired of late involving immigration personnel and expressing his disappointment, with a view to challenging these government employees to do better? Does it matter whether low level staff or high officials were involved when the truth of the matter is that the system simply failed because of complicit personnel? Btw, with due respect, what lasting legacy has somebody left at the Immigration Bureau during his watch, if any?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZMYIL5FXLVIHRZXBQGONZS6U4 Jhune

    For 72 years according to Rodriguez BI is still fine tuning. Mr Rodriguez you shall not allowed to hold public office because it takes 7 decades prior to improvement. Tax of the people shall be paid to a competent person.   



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