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Ex-BI chief denies supporting Duterte

  • Written by Itchie G. Cabayan
  • Published in Metro
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RESIGNED Immigration Associate Commissioner Gilbert Repizo yesterday denied that he is supporting presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the May 9 elections.

Repizo said he went to Duterte to pay a courtesy call and not to switch allegiance to the embattled mayor.

In his speech before the officials and employees of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) yesterday, Repizo said that part of his job as associate commissioner is to be able to let the bureau’s officials and employees  feel the presence of the main office and to extend whatever assistance.
   
“However, my detractors and critics ascribe bad motives to these travels,” Repizo said.
   
Repizo, who will now serve as legal counsel of Liberal Party in Oriental Mindoro, stressed that being a presidential appointee, he served at the pleasure of President Aquino and that no reasons should be given on why he resigned from his post.
   
Repizo also thanked the bureau’s officials and employees for the support and professional assistance they have extended to him.
   
In his speech, he also thanked former Justice Secretary and now Associate Justice Alfredo Caguiao for the trust and confidence as he held some powerful functions and mandate as associate commissioner.
   
“Many issues have been hurled against me on this score but I can honestly say I have not put anyone down… If there is a perception that I have failed my principals or that my appointees have failed me, I have nonetheless avoided resorting to finger pointing and neither have I avoided receiving flaks,” Repizo added.
   
BI Commissioner Ronaldo Geron, for his part, thanked Repizo for his colorful and productive stint as associate commissioner for two years.
   
“As associate commissioner, Atty. Repizo has championed the cause and welfare of the employees. He has pushed for the progress of the draft new Immigration Act which will replace the 1940 legal framework. Just recently, Repizo has concluded the documentation for the intended new main office of the bureau,” Geron said in a statement.
   
Geron also said that Repizo, with his exit from the bureau, will have more time to focus on the political campaign of his erstwhile principal, Oriental Mindoro Gov. Alfonso Umali.