Despite Duterte's 'love,' Palace to review Morente's leadership of immigration bureau
Morente's performance will still be assessed and discussed in the next Cabinet meeting, Duterte's spokesman Salvador Panelo said Friday, following claims that several immigration officers received payoffs from Chinese nationals who illegally entered the country to work in offshore gaming hubs.
"Everyone is not off the hook [but] the confidence [on Commissioner Morente] is there until a contrary statement is made by the President," Panelo said."It means that he (Morente) will be assessed--the performance," he added.Panelo's remarks came after the President vouched for Morente's integrity. The immigration official once headed the Davao Police regional office.
"Si Morente, ano mahal ko 'yan, kasi chief of police siya dito. Mabait yan. Hindi niya kaya, limitado pa rin kasi ano,” Duterte said during a speech in his hometown Davao City.(I love Morente. He was the chief of police here. He is nice. He can't do it because there are limitations)
On Thursday, Malacañang announced that Duterte relieved all Immigration officers and employees who were involved in the so-called “pastillas” bribery scheme.In the said scheme, the bribe is rolled inside a paper, wrapped like a Filipino milk-based candy, and then distributed to immigration personnel, and Chinese and Filipino travel agencies.
The National Bureau of Investigation was also ordered to look into the bribery scheme, parallel with the Bureau of Immigration's internal probe.As to Chinese nationals illegally working here in the Philippines, Panelo said the government would deport them.
"Basta yung mga iligal pababalikin natin sa pinanggalingan nila. Basta may iligal na ginawa, ang Presidente natin ipa[pa]tupad ang batas," Panelo said. Read more: ABS-CBN News »
Mahal ko ‘yan’: Duterte stood by BI chief Morente amid ‘pastillas’ scamMANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday stood by Bureau of Immigration (BI) chief Jaime Morente amid the so-called “pastillas” scheme where immigration personnel allegedly Now that’s a sacred cow Kung isa or dalawa lang gumagawa ng kalokohan under nya. Possible di nya alam. Pero kung halos lahat nakakagawa. Come on imppossible na di na nya alam yun.
Duterte says he 'loves' immigration chief Morente amid POGO bribery messDoes the President exempt Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente , a former Davao police chief, from accountability for the bribery scheme that let illegal Chinese workers slip into the country? LOVE mo ba? Eh di Kayo na..🤣 A POGO partner....? this president has become garbage and liability of the nation
Duterte vouches for Immigration chief amid ‘pastillas’ bribery scandalPresident Rodrigo Duterte , however, also suggests that Immigration chief Jaime Morente was not able to act on the alleged bribery scheme. Natutulog sa pansitan...kung hindi tutuong involve. Dating pulis, bakit ayaw magresign, di ba alam ang command responsibility
Duterte relieves Immigration officials, employees in 'pastillas' bribery scheme – The Manila TimesPRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte ordered the relief of all officials and employees of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) over the alleged “pastillas” bribery scheme involving Chinese workers of the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs) industry, Malacañang... File charges against them too!
BREAKING: Duterte relieves Bureau of Immigration personnel in ‘pastillas’ schemeBREAKING: President Rodrigo Duterte has relieved all officials and employees of the Bureau of Immigration who are allegedly involved in the so-called “pastillas” scheme at the airport. | DJEsguerraINQ
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