Immigration chief faces graft raps

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Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Ombudsman has charged Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David with graft for replacing the chief of the agency’s intelligence division despite orders from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Department of Justice to reinstate the latter.

The charge was based on a complaint filed by lawyer Faizal Hussin, who accused David of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act by failing to reinstate him.

The person who replaced Hussin, lawyer Antonette Bucasas-Mangrobang, was also slapped charges of grave misconduct and usurpation of public functions under the Penal Code. Both charges carry imprisonment and disqualification from holding public office.

The CSC, in its order dated Oct. 25, 2012, affirmed its earlier decision and ordered Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to reinstate Hussin to his original position as chief of the intelligence division of the Bureau of Immigration. Pursuant to the CSC ruling, De Lima had issued a memorandum to the BI dated March 22, 2012, directing David to “immediately implement the said CSC resolution and the department order.”

“Instead of complying with the CSC resolution and the memorandum of Secretary De Lima, Commissioner David, displaying an arrogance rarely seen in public service, issued a memorandum to all the BI personnel clearly stating that Attorney Mangrobang shall continue to be the intelligence chief,” the complaint said.

David assigned Hussin to the Commissioner’s Office and ordered him to seek the prior concurrence of Mangrobang for resources and assistance in the job.

Hussin said David’s act was in stern defiance of the CSC and the justice department’s order.

“If David is allowed to defy orders of the Civil Service Commission and secretary of justice, his immediate superior, nothing will come out of the daang matuwid (straight path) of the President, and others will follow suit,” Hussin said.

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  • Rovingmoron

    Akala siguro ni David bale wala ang order ng Civil Service Commission kasi presidential appointee sya. Yun ang akala nya! Kaya nga bakit ba tayo nag aapoint ng mga opisyal na galing sa military. Look at what happened at the BuCor, palpak din.

    • batangpaslit

      diko nga maintindihan eh bakit ang mga retired military officers ang pinapahawak na maging hepe ng civilian agencies?
      out of 100 million Filipinos, are the choices so limited that only pool candidates from retired military men are the only choice?

      • don alto

        Maybe kasi CHEAPER sila kesa sa mga nsa ACADEME …. hehe!!

  • kontra_boohaya

    Tapos ang laro at tuloy ang ligaya dahil puro mista mista na magikero ang naka upo lalo na sa “lucrative” na mga ahensiya. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    noynoying

  • wawangpenoy

    Pati contempt of court isama nyo. No brainer. Masyado tayong mga maawain. Porke may kaso na, di na pinapatong yung iba pang violation. This is a clear violation of a court order.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6XYM5KVOEPID4OYKAESCWET54U Bernie

      Wala pa pong court order. From Civil Serice Commission pa lang and Department of Justice. Pero kailangan na yang sibakin ngayon na! Masyado syang arrogante.

  • UrHONOR

    HINDI ba nakapag-aral yang TNL na David na yan at hindi marunong sumunod sa simpleng utos ng nakakataas sa kanya?  WALANG ibang nararapat na gawin kundi ang SIBAKIN ang TNL na aroganteng yan at IKULONG ng matutong gumalang sa utos …..tapos huwag ng tanggapin ulit kahit saan para magtrabaho dahil hindi marunong gumalang ng utos.

  • CaseBlue

    Pnoy should fire him for gross insubordination. 

  • MangDolphy

    Sana tignana naman kung bakit ayaw ireinstate si Hussin. Baka naman sinusolo nya ang grasya. Sigurado malaking pera umiikot dyan sa intelligence division ng immigration. Maliban sa intelligence fund, malalaki daw maglagay ang mga illegal entrants na nahuhuli. Kailangan kasi sa grupo, parteng tulisan. Pagt sinulo mo, bad ka.

  • nice_boy

    Mukhang untouchable si David.  KKK?

  • princessmilky

    OO KASI MARAMING BI NA MAYAYABANG AT AKALA MO KUNG SINO…. AALIS KA LANG NG BANSA PARA MAGTURISTA ANG DAMI PANG SINASABI… WALA NAMANG GINAWA KUNDI MAGKUWENTUHAN O MAGTAWAANAN PAG MINALAS KA PA MAPAGDISKITAHAN I HOLD KA O KAYA UP LOAD… AKALA KASI LAHAT NG AALIS NG BANSA MAG TNT….

    • juan_liwanag

      Sa gamit mo pa lang ng mga pananalita halatang marami kang hindi alam sa sinasabi mo. Bago magsulat, magsuri at mag-aral muna nang mabuti. May mga dahilan kung bakit ino-OFF LOAD ang mga pasahero na hindi tama ang dokumento. Marami kasi sa Pinoy hindi alam ang batas o talagang hindi lang marunong sumunod sa batas.

    • don alto

      UP LOAD ka jan !! ….

  • Hellomr

    Firing squad ang kailangan sa ganitong pagkakataon para maglaho ang ganitong kalakaran. Oh di kaya ipakain Kay lolong……..

  • elgeepee

    Papano po titino government offices natin Mr. President kapag walang galang sa batas namumuno. Let’s follow the rules of law. Wala na bang solution kung di magmatigas?

  • johnlordphilip

    Military mentality! That’s what the government get when they keep putting military in these positions. Why not hire academicians (univ. professors) instead?

    • Bernardo Doromal

       Military Mentality??? Naintindihan mo ba ang sinasabi mo? Kung military mentality iyan, e di “Obey Before You Complain” Salita kayo ng military mentality na hindi nio naman alam ang ibigh sabihin.

    • D3marketers

      Ah mas malala bro kapag mga professors, baka puro lecture lang ng lecture din lang ang gagawin ;))

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Revolving policy ni gma ng mga retiradong matatas na opisyal ng afp at pnp ipinagpapatuloy ni pnoy……tuwid na daan…….

  • noypi_ako

    still a wait and see situation.

    malamang na may pinanghahawakan si David kaya malakas ang loob gawin yun, otherwise he could be arrogantly stupid.

  • $37644997

    Honesty is the best policy and that’s what is going to be,but for someone in the military like David-who cares about that now.

  • themask celestial

    @batangpaslit:disqus comments are true. And what happen to the retired military nurse na na involved sa  offloading ng  mga kasambahay ng deputy prime minster ng malaysia? Mukhang scot free na naman.  DI na nga naimbestigahan, how a 56 years old, nurse -close to retirement eh na appoint pa as imiigration agent. Before she could be effective with her post eh mag reretire na sya. Hay buhay pinoy

  • tukmoldinako

    Kaladkarin na yang palabas, ng sumigaw yan at malaman kung sinong General na naman ang kakampi dyan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LJUZANER22O5LN2DHZRA3ANPFE bernavie eviota

    fact is, ping has been planning to attack miriam since GMA regime and during his “wanted days”. Miriam is a known close ally of GMA, it was very obvious the way she grilled witnesses against GMA. One more thing is that, she acquited Corona..

    • virgo57

      Bakit napa sail si ping dito? Wrong frequency yata!

    • ApoNiLolo

      Nahilo ka na ata sa balita. Bagay itong “comment” mo doon sa kabilang thread. Nag almusal ka na ba, hijo? Kumain ka muna at baka gutom lang yan. 

  • garcia677

    Gen. David is another epitome of the scalawags in uniform who is a product of the PMA. What caused these graduates of the PMA and PNPA to be prone to corruption when both schools taught them about discipline and love of country starting from their maiden year up to being called an alumnus?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WUNEDOD2TRB64MDUMQLEDHRWQI kckyle

    KKK ba to? kung oo e sorry na lang kayo…kung hindi sya kkk e sorry na lang sya..

  • Paliwaweng

    Next time, David will defy orders from the President.
    This egoistic epal thinks he is above the law.
    He has no respect to civilian authority.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/M3LQ4MUAU3Z36MIQGIGSOKBCQE Rosauro

      What civilian authority? David is not a military man anymore.

      • Paliwaweng

        one doesn’t need to be in the military to be disrespectful of civilian authority. 
        His stint with the military for a long time has intoxicated him obviously as shown by his disregard of previous orders from the justice department.
        As they say “old habits die hard”.

  • juan_liwanag

    Dapat ilabas ni David ang mga legal na dahilan kung bakit ayaw i-reinstate si Faizal Hussin. Huwag tayong padalos dalos sa pag-sang-ayon sa Civil Service Commission. Marami rin kasing decision ang government commission na ito na mali ang mga basehan. Kagaya ng present chairman nito na dating political appointee. Bakit siya ang namumuno ngayon sa isang ahensya na dapat ay nagpopromote ng “careerism” sa gobyerno?

  • boybakal

    Graft na pala yon replacement/transfer of personnel.
    I though if you are the head of an agency, you have the authority to hire,fire, replace, rehire,transfer personnel.
    Civil Service is only for qualification of gov’t personnel and not authorized to hire much more order an agency to hire an applicant or re hire an employee.
    Let’s give the BI the hand on its men…he knows better his agency.

    • observer1356

       mukhang tama argumento mo boy… pero, paano naman nya ma-address ang CSC order (assuming na may jurisdiction ang CSC dito)?

      meanwhile, sa akin lang – walang itulak-sipain sa kanilang dalawa ni Hussin at ni David… sa palagay ko, pareho lang silang dalawa na may mga katarantaduhan ginawa dyan sa BI… 

      sa palagay ko lang…

      • boybakal

         It is about Hussin and Mangorobang…parehong muslim.
        Alam mo naman inggitan.

      • observer1356

        maaring ganon nga – inggitan… but i don’t agree with the “parehong muslim” justification, because “inggitan” is not uncommon to people, regardless of religion or faith… sa ating mga Christians, ganun din – mas marami pa nga siguro ang mas matindi pa ang mga ginawa/ginagawa kaysa dito sa dalawang nabanggit mo..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EGVHDQT7JEE4WDAWZFAZDNTFCU dominador

    Lawyer Faizal Hussin may not have lost any legitimate compensation from the bureau? or it has?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/U2JZXX7NSJZFI37NPX7U3CTZCE Albino

    Calling the attention of Secretary de Lima

    Immigration inspectors at NAIA are mulcting (binabakalan; humihingi ng lagay) OFWs bringing Filipino foodstuff for abroad. They said all the foodstuff have to be “quarrantined” for several days before the OFWs can bring them out or just pay a penalty from P150 to P300.

    OFWs are victimized before they leave the country and/or when they return to the country. NAIA is full of vultures preying on OFWs!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SYG36KOOLRY47VA3ICPJJ5CQTQ ADD

      Kulang ang reklamong dakdak o reklamong comments, kailangan may video na hawak para umusad ang kaso. Payo sa mga OFW, i-ON ang video habang nsa airport, hindi na kailangan nakatutok, basta naka-ON ito at malinaw ang Audio, pwede na itong basihan pra sa mga tiwaling opisyal sa airport. Mahirap sa atin puro dada ala nman ebidensya.

      Pag may opisyal sa airport na sa tingin nyo ay peperahan kayo, i-record ito at i-post sa FB or ibigay sa media, para may masampulan at hindi na pamarisan.

      • observer1356

         kaya siguro ipinagbabawal ang paggamit ng cellphone habang pina-process sa immigration desk ang exit or entry ng isang individual .. baka ma-record ang mga nangyayari…

    • boybakal

       Baloney…
      Sa Canada, US pag nagdala ka ng pagkain, tooth paste, tanim, kinukumpiska.
      Buti nga sa atin, quarantine muna.
      Well, it is a policy in every airport to check what is coming in to their country…kasi nga baka may illegals na dala.
      Doon ka magreklamo sa Saudi, for sure putol ulo.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/U2JZXX7NSJZFI37NPX7U3CTZCE Albino

        Boss boybakal, bago ka magalit sa comment ko, hindi nag kwa-quarantine palabas ng pilipinas. Papasok ng isang bayan ang quarantine. Alam lahat ng madami ang customs rules ng ibang bayan. Huwag kang masyadong mainit! Take it easy. Yan ang reklamo ng OFW kung palagay mo mas marunong ka sa kanila maswerte ka, huwag mo silang matahin!

      • Babiker_Ahmed

        Ako OFW. Nagdala ako ng mga sardinas pagbalik ko dito sa Sudan noong Jan 8. Yung mga sardinas in tomato sauce dahil wala dito sa Sudan. Ang meron dito eh mga tuna sardines in oil.. Tinanggal sa immigration yung mga ibang sardinas at pinayagan lang ako ng 3 lata.. Anong pagkakaiba ng 3 latang sardinas doon sa 5 latang inalis nila? Anong meron ang 5 lata ng Purefoods corned beef bakit tinanggal nila?

      • don alto

        Ano MERON?

        Ayun, MERON na silang pulutan … LOL!

      • boybakal

         Tunggak….ang layo na ng inabot mo. Anong matahin ang sinasabi mo.
        Hindi ko sila minamata, masyado kang conclusive.
        Ibat iba ang batas ng bansa…mapilipino ka o turista, parehas ang batas.
        Hindi ako nagagalit, ungas, anong galit…ikaw ang nagdadagdag ng masama.
        Pati airport natin pinasasama mo.

  • ApoNiLolo

    Hussin, as I understood it, wasn’t terminated but “assigned” to another department because of his involvement in human trafficking scandal inside the bureau. IMO, Commissioner David has every right to do what he think is right for the good of the bureau.

    This is an internal matter. I wonder why the Ombudsman was drag into this when, I believe, there was no graft or corrupt practice involve. Baka naman kaya may “padreno” si Hussin sa Office of the Ombudsman?

    • magiting78

      Hmmm may point ka parang kaso lng ng isang empleyado sa pribadong kompanya pwd mo syang demote o ilipat ng pwesto pero hnd pwd bawasan sahod. Hnd pwd terminate kung walang pag labag sa company policy….
      Kung susundin ito ng BI baka pamarisan ng mga nasa AFP at PNP yan….

  • parengtony

    Assuming, for the sake of argument, Hussin is guilty of whatever charges David has thrown at him, still David’s defiance of the CSC resolution and the subsequent memo-order of the Sec. of Justice, certainly makes David, at the very least, culpable of the graft charges filed by the Ombudsman. Allowing the continuance of David’s imperious attitude, also illustrated by his hard headed insistence on off-loading departing OFWs simply based on profiling, erodes the credibility of Pnoy’s Daang Matuwid as well as the moral authority of Ombudsman Morales to go after abuse in public service.

    • ApoNiLolo

      And what did, may I ask, David gained personally that he deserved to be charge “at the very least” with graft by the Ombudsman?
      And in what way does it hinders Pnoy’s Daang Matuwid? Does “transferring” an officer to another department constitute corruption?
      And where does “abused in public service” comes into the picture when it’s an internal case involving personnel of the Bureau of Immigration?

      IMO, you’re just parroting what Hussin was saying.

  • Fulpol

    naman, former AFP Chief of Staff during BS Aquino term… from Tarlac… 

    BS Aquino III is from Tarlac…

    kaya naman, may pa-defy defy siya…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Antonio-Cruz/100004165864535 Antonio Cruz

    buti nga kay david. lagi na lang kasi absent. tapos yung mga bodyguards nya sa labas ng ofis nya kung makakilos akala mo kung sino. 

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

    Resign na David! Now na!Agad-agad!
    Tutal naka (pina) takas na ang Reyes brothers ng Palawan.

  • LegalJustice

    Mr. Ricardo David  Jr  need to be  terminated  its obviously he is violating a protocol – there is no need to prolong the implementation of the firing.

    • magiting78

      I doubt n pwd sya terminate…He is a commissioner pag kakaalam ko pwd lng clang alisin s pwesto thru impeachment or they will resign

  • malek_abdul

    Sana wag na matigas ang ulo…magresign ka na lang Comm David out of delicadeza. Wag mo naman dagdagan pa ang mga KKK na untouchables. Kayong mga KKK inaabuso niyo si Pnoy porke’t alam niyo na hindi magawa ni Pnoy na magtanggal ng membro ng KKK.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC2VPZRJETRO5KOU4VOZCJXEDY Tamarindwalk

    Corruption at the immigration offices?  Nothing new.

  • superlucky2

    Grabe ang corruption dyan sa Burea of Immigration lantaran. Dito sa amin lugar sa Albay grabe ang kutungan ng mga taga immigration sa mga bombay. Kawawa naman ng bombay

    • Kairosphil

      bawi bawi lang dahil 5/6 naman sila

  • dequis

    sana ang inquirer gawan pa ng multo itong si mmigration commisioner kahit man lamang tungkol sa magkapatid na taga palawan, dating governor iyong isa.

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    at matuwid pa rin ang customs

  • pasaway008ako

    Talagang talamak na sa ating pinoy ang hindi sumunod sa mga utos ng batas!

    • Garo Ungaro

      your right, my friend that’s why we are having a hard time making it?…

  • ben311

    paligid na tayo ng magnanakaw ma pa hamog boys to honorable senators to ex miltary generals.

  • julymorning

    AKALA KASI NI DAVID NA APO SI HUSSIN NI SADAM 

  • bogli_anakdami

    flipland, las islas de los ladrones grandes…

    bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MNXDANY2I53565ZIWVFN6YM5LU California-FilAm

      You must be a bigshot now in North America but I would appreciate if you do not insult the Philippines. Kung hindi ka sinwerte sa pinas kasalanan mo yan.

      • bogli_anakdami

        bwi hi hi hi hi..

        punta ka dito sa aking barong barong sa southville, santa rosa…

        gugel – maps mo…kc, walang gps signal dito sa loooban

        if i pointed out flips kagung gungan/stupidity, do i look like, sound like i live in ‘merka??

        yehey, mabuhi ug flips…

    • Garo Ungaro

      your free to blog, but please respect the forum….

  • Pok2

    Di po ninyo kilala c Gen David. Mabait po siya.

  • opinyonlangpo

    I smell a bias in the article, why don’t they state the reason why this Hussin was replaced in the first place? Something cooking, probably a demolition against David. I am sure his replacement has already been probably decided before any of these happened.

    • where_I_stand

      SOP na ng PDI yan.
      Kaya reader’s discretion na kung tanggapin ang news items nito.
      When it comes to PDI news, I read it with a grain of salt.
      “Balanced news” is alien to this paper.

      • opinyonlangpo

        Thanks for the advice, I’ll do that.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    “ Instead of complying with the CSC resolution and the memorandum of Secretary De Lima, Commissioner David, displaying an arrogance rarely seen in public service, issued a memorandum to all the BI personnel clearly stating that Attorney Mangrobang shall continue to be the intelligence chief,” the complaint said.  ”

    Tama lamang na idispatsa itong si David hindi marunong sumunod sa nakakataas kanya. Nag-isyu pa ng memo ha. Naghahanap pala siya ng problema, at nagtitigas-tigasan…Yan ang napala niya talsik sa pwesto…

    • maypakialamtayo

      walang mangyayari dyan, kkk yang si david, si de lima? takot lang kay pnoy nyan, kay lacson nga nawala ang tapang nyan eh! 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    KATATAKAW KASISIBA KUNG SA SINGAPORE YAN BITAY YAN SA PANAHON NGAYON ANG MAG NANAKAW BABY NG GOBYERNO!! MARCOS FIRRING SQAUD AGAD PAG NAPATUNAYAN NAG NAKAW!!

  • kismaytami

    Pabilikin nyo si hussin. Hindi pa yan kumo-quota. LOL!

  • Garo Ungaro

    That’s the main problem, we don’t have respect for the law,some function
    about the law. This is a clear insubordination from a former general at that…

  • whyinthisworld

    And what do you expect of the military general like david. It’s not in their vocabulary the words comply, obey, follow etc. All military generals are corrupt down to their cohorts and subordinates. So daang matuwid need to be more strict. Why not just shot them point blank. 

  • Jojo Gonzales

    ayos

  • http://www.facebook.com/kulangot.koh.1 Kulangot Koh

    feeling ng mga walanghiyang sila ang makapangyarihan! yan ang mga thinking ng mga PMAers na nagiging general. Pero ang katotohanan sila ang nagpapahirap sa Pilipinas. tulad sa nangyayari ngayon, kung hindi kinurakot ng mga generals na yan ang modernization fund ng AFP di sana hindi tayo kinakayakayanan ng mga tsekwang pinayaman din ng mga hinayupak na yan sa bansang ito. yung salitang kumpale-kumpale… kaya kahit iligal na ay ok pa din. pela-pela lang labanan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/belendocena.asuelo Belen Docena Asuelo

    It’s the Bureau of Immigration, the government agency that I referred to in my article published in Letters titled Hiring  and promotion abuses in gov’t (Inquirer, June 20, 12).That “Immigration chief faces graft raps” is no surprise…
    When those appointed become too blinded by fleeting power …..This is good news to other fellow ordinary mortals who are victims of grave abuse of discretion at BI…

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