Philippines: BI recommends filing of grave misconduct charges vs execs tagged in ‘pastillas’ scheme

The Bureau of Immigration on Tuesday said it recommended to the Department of Justice that officials tagged in the “pastillas” bribery scheme be slapped with administrative charges.

“The result of the fact-finding committee is actually adverse to all of them, to the respondents. So we recommended that they be administratively charged for conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service and for grave misconduct,” BI Deputy Commissioner Toby Javier told the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality.

Javier chaired the fact-finding committee tasked with investigating the immigration officials tagged by whistleblower Immigration Officer Allison Chiong as part of the “pastillas group.”

In addition to submitting the fact-finding committee report to the DOJ, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente told senators that he requested that Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra task the National Bureau of Investigation with conducting a separate probe into the scheme.

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