Exempt pastillas scheme whistleblower from suspension – Hontiveros

Senator Risa appealed to the Office of the Ombudsman to exempt Jeffrey Dale Ignacio, the immigration officer, and pastillas scheme whistle-blower, from suspension.

“Whistleblower Jeffrey Dale Ignacio, who turned state witness by testifying how BI officials institutionalized corruption in the agency, has been included in this suspension,” Hontiveros said in a statement.

“I hope the Ombudsman can consider reversing this against Dale as his testimony, which completed the picture of the corrupt system in the BI, has been invaluable in our probe as well as the NBI’s own investigation,” she added.

Ignacio confessed earlier confessed as a member of the multi-billion-peso pastillas scheme. He stood as a witness in the inquiry earlier this month. He corroborated whistle-blower Allison Chiong’s previous testimonies.

Ombudsman Samuel Martires imposed Tuesday a 6-month preventive suspension to 44 Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel allegedly involved in the .

Under the scheme, Chinese nationals were allowed to enter the Philippines as tourists and later work for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGO) firms.

The Chinese allegedly pay immigration employees and Chinese and Filipino travel agencies P10,000 in grease money rolled in bond paper, like the popular Filipino dessert delicacy “pastillas.”

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Exempt pastillas scheme whistleblower from suspension – Hontiveros

Earlier, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), a Bureau of Immigration  for his connection with the pastillas scheme due to his possession of property worth up to P14 million even though his is only P10,000 per month.
The NBI Special Action Unit official said that the security guard declared in his  (statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth) in 2018 the total assets amounting to more than P14 million.
The security guard allegedly declared that he had bought a house worth P4.5 million, had jewelry, two SUV vehicles, and traveled abroad eight times a year, including Japan, America, and Europe.
Aside from the security guard, an Immigration officer also showed rapid property growth based on the SALN submitted.