CHED warns public against fixers after arrest of alleged employee charged with swindling 

Published January 18, 2023, 3:46 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) warned the public against fixers following the arrest of a former professor and his cohort who is an employee of the agency.

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“The Commission would like to reiterate that it does not tolerate corruption in any form and to remind the public to refrain from dealing with fixers in processing their documents,” said CHED Chairman J. Prospero E. De Vera III in a statement dated Jan. 17.

De Vera issued this statement following the arrest of a former professor of Bulacan State University and his cohort who is an employee of the CHED), by the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) for swindling/estafa in an entrapment operation in Quezon City.

CHED said that the identified suspects were Allan Bautista Alba, former professor of Bulacan State University, and his cohort, Danilo Cabiles Bognot Jr., who is a job order employee at CHED.

After the entrapment operation conducted by QCPD, Kamuning Police Station (PS 10), and Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU), De Vera said that CHED has ordered the “immediate investigation of the incident and to put to an immediate stop such illegal acts.”

“Illegal activities like these adversely impact the gains of the Commission in promoting transnational higher education,” De Vera said.

“We will not allow criminals and unscrupulous individuals to besmirch the good reputation the CHED has painstakingly built up through the years,” he added.

Meanwhile, De Vera noted that the agency would also look into the possible involvement of other CHED personnel and, if warranted, “file the proper administrative and criminal charges” against personnel found involved in the said illegal activities.

“Rest assured that the Commission remains committed to uphold its integrity and implement policies that conform to the ethical standard of public service,” De Vera said.

Moreover, De Vera said that the CHED is currently reviewing its internal processes, particularly in Certification, Authentication, and Verification, following the incident to “ensure that its integrity is preserved.”

 
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