Graft complaint filed vs Immigration chief over biometric system project



Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David

MANILA, Philippines–A graft complaint has been filed with the Office of the Ombudsman against Immigration chief Ricardo David in connection with the Bureau of Immigration’s P50 million procurement contract for the biometric system for processing aliens in the country.

Aside from David, included in the complaint were Head Executive Assistant Grace G. Lara, Engineer Dino C. Vizconde, Acting Chief of Immigration’s Information and Communication Technology Section and members of the Bids and Awards Committee and several John Does.

The complainant, Leon Peralta, said “the Biometric Project will end up wasting precious government funds considering its fractional cost equivalent only to a Daily Time Record type of Biometrics as against the required scale, magnitude and sophisticated Border Control and Management system that the Immigration needs.”

Complainant alleged that the Immigration officers, aside from the Anti-graft Law violated the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, the Government Procurement Reform Act and the Administrative Code (E.O.292).

The complaint stated that the Biometric Project was haphazardly offered without the benefit of conducting a thorough technical study and evaluation.

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  • koolkid_inthehouse

    About time.

  • ang_dagat

    The first agency most foreigners come in contact with when to come to invest here is immigration. I can see improvements since Sir David took office, and am shocked by this. 
    Filipino law regarding immigration is draconian. Like if a tourist wants to spend more than 3 weeks here he has to go to a main city immigration office for 5-6 hours to pay them to be allowed to spend their dollars/Euros for another week. That is not David’s fault, He does not make laws. But it does stop foreign money coming in The Philippines.

    • johnvforeighner

      If they apply when arrive at Naia then they can extend their tourist visa, without having to go to the Main Immigration Bureau, also their have been many improvements at Manila Bureau, but it is still very busy and convoluted system. And in the satellite offices their papers can be frozen, until an extra fee is paid. The corruption is a virus, and until the Filipino find that this is unacceptable, it will never be eradicated, unfortunately.

      • ang_dagat

        Haven’t been through Manila Airport for about 2.5 years. It was like a cattle market with so much paperwork and queues. I hate the place.
        I did notice that when I was getting my 5year residencey a year ago in Cebu, the woman at the desk said all payments were to be made downstairs and upstairs at the appropriate desk. and not to give direct to attorney in his office like the previous year unlike before.
        Best way to lower the corruption here is to take cash out of the payments system in government agencies. Just like we pay our tax to BIR (bank transfer).

  • NoWorryBHappy

    Remnants of the Marcos dictatorship trying to make comeback.

  • kontra_boohaya

    Mista mista nanaman?   Tsk, tsk tsk …..kahit saan mapadpad, tuloy pa rin.

  • Wadav

    What else is new?? Everytime a govt project is undertaken, meron tlagang gumagawa ng kademonyohan sa pera ng bayan! di na tlaga tumitigil mga KAWATAN NG KABAN NG BAYAN!

  • XY ZEE

    Tuwad na Daan…at your service.

  • magayonangel

    The disqualification case regarding the citizenship issue of Gov Boboy Cua (member of Free and Accepted Masons) of Catanduanes in the BID were manipulated by his Brod Gen Voltaire which is the uncle of Brod Atty. Mangrubang of BID and Brod of Com David.

    Based on the report from BID last January 22, 2013, Atty Ronaldo G. Deray Special Prosecutor handling the case, the decision was in favor of the one who accused Gov Cua – because the only submitted evidence was his Certificate of Naturalization – but with the entry of the Masons the decision last February 13, 2013 penned by Atty Arvin Santos who is the Chief of Legal Department and with the help of Atty. Mangrubang – the decision was submitted to Com. David FOR DISMISSAL. The problem was the other two commissioners who will concur the decision for dismissal were expecting 30 Million pesos from Gov Cua but only 3 Million each had been received.

    Ang tunay na tuwid na daan!

  • mangtom

    Here we go again. Isn’t there a government agency, bureau, department, official who is not corrupt? Corruption is like a virus infecting every one connected with the government. Maybe everyone is a sweeping generalization. Maybe 99%?

  • $14334231

    why not file charges if you have the goods, mr. peralta….complaints would only wind up here….as a news…the people already knew employees of this bureau (including BOC) are mostly corrupt….hindi nga lang mahulu-huli dahil may mga humahawak na mas mataas ang puwesto sa gobyerno……penoy, are you listening or just picking those whose not your KKK?

  • Ommm

    There have been thousands of immigrants who paid for their “Icards: in advance OVER TWO YEARS AGO!…and these cards have yet to be delivered….

    Either this is the most inept country on earth or somebody has pocketed millions and failed to deliver what this immigration department  requires and charges for.

  • geminimind

    Money is the root of all evil
    They come in three piece suit but their intention is to get rich that quick.
    They make use of the words -FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY and they are dumb right.


     he looks like gary david of global port team in the pba.

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