MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Immigration has dismissed 39 employees and suspended 23 others in an ongoing effort to rid the agency of allegedly corrupt and inept personnel.
In a press release, “these dismissal orders are already long overdue. I have to implement them, lest we be accused of being tolerant of any wrongdoing in our bureau,” BI Officer-in-Charge Ronaldo Ledesma said.
He signed the orders last week.
The sacked employees were charged with extortion, grave misconduct, gross insubordination, neglect of duty, and conduct prejudicial to the interest of the service.
BI administrative chief Felino Quirante, Jr. said 14 of the sacked workers already had permanent statuses while the rest are confidential agents assigned to various offices.
He said 17 of the confidential agents were allegedly involved in extortion.
Those suspended, on the other hand, are mostly immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
For their alleged involvement in “airport irregularities,” the officers were preventively suspended for 90 days without pay.
Changes were introduced following accusations that BI had been involved in too many controversies.
A former immigration officer earlier claimed that some of her colleagues are involved in human trafficking.
Following his designation, Ledesma immediately ordered a revamp of the agency including the recall of top immigration officers detailed at the airports.