In an advisory, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente stressed that the BI “condemns any and all acts of fixing” and that no BI official or employee is authorized to engage in such activities.
He said that BI personnel are prohibited from offering speedy completion of transactions for a fee or for any other consideration to persons availing the bureau’s services.
The BI chief warned that the offense of fixing is punishable by imprisonment of not more than six years or a fine not exceeding P200,000.
“Those who wish to report incidence of fixing must submit a written complaint mentioning, among others, the name of the fixer, location of the office, date, time, type of transaction, narration of events, and the signature of the complainant,” advised Morente.
Morente formed a six-man BI Anti-Corruption Committee, chaired by Deputy Commissioner J. Tobias Javier, that was tasked to institute reforms and implement programs that will reduce, if not eliminate corruption in the agency.
The committee was also directed to coordinate and liaise with the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) in initiating anti-corruption programs and activities in the BI.
“We have likewise coordinated with other law enforcement agencies to initiate investigations against fixers pretending to be employees of the BI,” Morente said. (BI/PIA-NCR)