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Aguirre eyes Bureau of Immigration overhaul

by December 19, 2016 General

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Monday said he is considering the complete overhaul of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) following the P50-million bribery scandal involving former BI Associate Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles.

Aguirre disclosed this in an ambush interview, just days after President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he has fired Argosino and Robles.

“I have directed the dismissal of the 2 deputy commissioners now tainted with corruption,” he said after arriving from a state visit in Singapore early Saturday. “They will face the full force of the law.” 

Also dismissed from service was the bureau’s intelligence chief, retired police general Charles Calima.

Argosino and Robles, who are fraternity brothers of Duterte in San Beda College of Law’s Lex Talionis Fraternitas, Inc., earlier said they had tendered their resignation effective immediately. 

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has also issued a look-out bulletin against Argosino, Robles, Calima, Col. Eduard Chan, and Wally Sombero.

Argosino and Robles earlier admitted accepting P50 million from gambling tycoon Jack Lam, but insisted they only did so as part of a probe on the Macau-based businessman. 

They claimed that P2 million of the P50 million went to Sombero, a former police official linked to Lam, while P18 million was allegedly given to Calima. – report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News