NBI RECOMMENDS PROSECUTION OF IMMIGRATION OFFICERS FOR FALSIFICATION OF DOCUMENTS
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)
Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Director Eric B. Distor identified the Immigration Officers (IO) as Perry Michael Q. Pancho, assigned at Mactan-Cebu International Airport and Marcus S. Nicodemus assigned at NAIA Terminal 1 in Pasay City.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said it had recommended the prosecution of two Bureau of Immigration Officers before the Department of Justice (DOJ) for falsifying travel records of an Austrian national with criminal records.
OIC Director Distor said that on June 25, 2020, when reports came out that Austrian national JAN MARSALEK, the subject in the US 2.2 Billion Dollar Wirecard fraud in Germany, had entered the Philippines on June 23, 2020, in order to evade authorities in Europe, operatives of NBI-International Airport Investigation Division (NBI-IAID) headed by HA Palmer Mallari, conducted an investigation.
OIC Director Distor said the investigation showed that MARSALEK’s most recent travel records to the country include spurious ones, to wit: Arrival on June 23, 2020, at NAIA 1 processed by a certain IO Darren R. Ilagan but with a mysterious “canceled by user” remark, and a Departure on June 24, 2020, at Mactan Cebu International Airport processed by IO Perry Michael Pancho.
The investigation also showed that records were found to be spurious due to the following: Existing immigrations protocol as of that date disallowing passengers in entering Philippine territory due to the COVID situation; Absence of actual scanned data page of the passport of Marsalek; Existing protocol that incoming flights of airlines disallowing the boarding of a passenger who will be prevented entry based on the destination country’s protocol as of flight date; and IO Ilagan was not in the official list of IOs on duty for the midflight schedule on that date and thus believed to have merely gone beyond his duty to encode the same.