BI probes own personnel over possible collusion with Wirecard exec

Published June 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jeffrey Damicog

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has decided to investigate personnel of its Management Information Systems Division (MISD) for possible collusion with former Wirecard chief operating officer (COO) Jan Marsalek, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Friday, June 26.

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

“The BI is now investigating its MIS Division personnel,” said Guevarra.

“The results of the investigation of the MIS personnel may lead to various scenarios, including the possibility of employing diversionary tactics to mislead Marsalek’s pursuers,” he added.

The secretary explained the investigation of the MISD personnel was brought about by discrepancies concerning Marsalek’s arrival and departure in Cebu this week.

“Entries in the central data base of the BI indicate that Mr. Marsalek flew in on June 23 and left in the morning of June 24 for China from Cebu International Airport,” he said.

“But CCTV (closed circuit television) footage does not show him arriving here, and there is no record of any flight to China scheduled in the morning of June 24 from Cebu,” the secretary pointed out.

Wirecard, which has been described as a German fintech firm, found itself in a scandal following the discovery of accounting irregularities which showed US$2.1 billion missing.

Aside from the BI, Guevarra has also directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate persons in the country who are allegedly connected to Wirecard following consultations with the Bangko Sentral nf Pilipinas (BSP).

Guevarra said Filipino lawyer Mark Tolentino, who was identified as a trustee of Wirecard, is among those being investigated by the NBI.

“The NBI has invited Atty. Mark Tolentino on Monday (June 29) to shed light on his alleged involvement as trustee in the Wirecard mess,” the secretary disclosed.