8 former immigration officers charged with graft

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 27 2017 06:07 PM

MANILA - Eight former Bureau of Immigration officers were charged of graft cases for letting a convicted foreigner out of BI Detention Center.

Former acting commissioner Teodoro Delarmente face two counts of graft. 

Meanwhile, other former BI officers and employees each face one count of graft case. They are Jose Cabochan, associate commissioner; Roy Almoro, acting associate commissioner; Alejandro Fernandez, executive assistant and chief of staff; Richard Perez, legal aide; Wendy Rosario, acting chief of civil security unit; Noel Espinoza, acting warden of the detention center; and Marcelino Francis Agana, security escort, respectively.

Delarmente, Cabochan, Almoro, Fernandez, and Perez allegedly prepared, approved and issued the Summary Deportation Order of Vo Van Duc on May 5, 2005. 

Van Duc is an American national convicted by the Regional Trial Court of Pasig City for violating Republic Act 8294 or the unlawful manufacture and possession of explosives. 

However, the charge sheet stated that Van Duc was convicted for RA 8494, or the Act on the Philippine Export and Foreign Loan Guarantee Corporation. 

At that time, Van Duc was serving his sentence of four years and two months, up to six years in jail.

State prosecutors said Van Duc's deportation violated rules on summary deportation, which also allowed him "to leave the Philippines and effectively avoid[ing] service of his sentence."

Prior this, Delarmente also allegedly conspired with Rosario, Espinoza, and Agana in issuing medical passes to Van Duc. The convicted foreigner was then allowed to leave his detention cell on April 29, May 4, and May 9, 2005 without the BI physician's recommendation for outside treatment or hospitalization. At the same time, Van Duc was allowed to stay in an apartelle without justification or authority.

A bail bond of P30,000 was recommended for each count of their graft case.