Did Marsalek go to PH? 2 BI employees under probe over ex-Wirecard exec’s whirlwind trip
By Nancy Carvajal
Two immigration officers are now under investigation for allegedly encoding the arrival and departure of dismissed Wirecard chief operating officer Jan Marsalek in the Philippines even without proof that he entered and left the country, according to documents obtained by Politiko.
A June 25 report addressed to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente showed Marsalek’s name was not on the passenger manifests of any flights that landed in the Philippines on June 24 and left the country on June 25. He cannot also be seen in any airport footage on those days.
However, records extracted by the BI’s Management Information Systems Division (MISD) indicated that Marsalek arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport and left from Mactan Cebu International Airport on June 23 and June 24, respectively. His records were encoded by Immigration
Officers identified as IO Ilagan and IO Pancho.
“MISD extracted travel records of flight 3k761 showed that IO Ilagan processed five passengers including Marsalek,’’ the report said.
Marsalek stepped down as CEO over the controversy surrounding Wirecard’s alleged $2.1-billion “missing” funds. It was initially claimed that the money was deposited with Banco De Oro and Bank of the Philippine Islands, but the two Philippine banks denied any relationship with the Wirecard executive.
Based on the BI report, Marsalek was not required to have his photo taken at the BI airport counters at both NAIA and MCIA.
“Snippets of the CCTV footage on June 23 2020 for the purported time of arrival of Marsalek in NAIA between 0800 and 8:30 showed that only four passengers appearing to be airline crews, appeared for arrival formalities at the BI counters,’’ it read.
Curiously, the report stated that the BI officers who allegedly encoded Marsalek’s travel details were absent at the immigration counters when he supposedly arrived and left the country.
“23 June 2020 and 24 June 2020 BI duty officers schedule at NAIA Terminal 1 and the MCIA respectively, did not show an immigration officer named Ilagan or Pancho, thus it may deemed they were not officially on duty during the time period, the report read.