Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente reminded their employees on Monday, that they are barred from actively engaging in partisan political activities and electioneering even on social media.
In a statement, Morente expressed a stern reminder that campaigning actively and soliciting votes and support for their election bets remains prohibited.
“This election season, as public servants, we are expected to remain politically neutral as this is mandated by law,” said Morente.
The 1987 Philippine Constitution defines election campaign or partisan political activity as “any act designed to promote the election or defeat of a particular candidate or party to public office.”
Morente further shared that the mere wearing of shirts, caps, or pins and actively campaigning for candidates is prohibited according to advisories from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
“This shall cover all our employees, whether they are permanent, or contractual,” Morente said.
“Employees are also reminded to adhere with the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees with respect to their actions online, and use good judgment in sharing information,” said Morente.
Officers who will be found guilty of engaging in partisan political activities may be penalized with one month and one day suspension to six months for the first offense.
Meanwhile, more than 300 officers of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will be reporting to their new terminal assignments as part of the agency’s continuing campaign to curb corruption among its personnel.
Atty. Carlos Capulong, BI Acting Port Operations Chief, disclosed that Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente has approved his recommendation to implement the rotation scheme at the premiere port on October 3.
Capulong said the 341 BI officers to be rotated do not yet include the 99 newly-hired immigration inspectors who are still undergoing on-the-job training at the airport.
After the new recruits have finished their training, they, too, will be dispersed and deployed to the country’s major ports, he added.