DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 January) — Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte has tasked the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to submit by Wednesday the resuts of their s investigation into reports of a foreigner-doctor allegedly maltreating and extorting money from medical students who are Indian nationals like him.
Speaking at Sunday’s episode of Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa, Duterte said the doctor,Ashin Mohan, an Indian national who is the subject of the complaints, could face sanctions if found to have been operating the dorm without a permit.
“Foreigners running businesses here, may I ask you to please follow the law… either get out of the city or you run the risk of being prosecuted,” the mayor said.
Around 200 medical students from India who are studying at the Davao Medical School Foundation (DMSF) trooped to City Hall last week to report the alleged actions of Mohan, a doctor reportedly managing three dormitories for Indian nationals studying in the school.
The students claimed they were being overcharged and crowded in a dorm and not allowed to leave or find another place.
City Administrator Melchor Quitain, who was snubbed by Mohan at a meeting they set for Thursday, wrote Eddie Delima, Alien Control Officer at the Bureau of Immigration (BI), asking about Mohan’s status.
Delima, in a letter dated January 8, said Mohan held a special working permit effective December 2014.
But the students said they have been complaining about Mohan since October last year.
On October 11, 2014, Heraclio Malaki, counsel for the complainants wrote Immigrations Commissioner Siegfred Mison to complain about Mohan and to seek his deportation.
“We write on behalf of our clients who are Indian nationals studying at Davao Medical Foundation School (DMSF) to complain Ashin Mohan who is a fellow Indian,” it said.
Mohan is a graduate of DMSF and acts as the COO and head of all the three dormitories of Transworld Educational Services which recruited them to study here in Davao City.
The students, Malaki said, complained that Mohan allegedly
* shouts at them and brags that “knows the mayor and the Bureau of Immigration is
* grabs their phones, checks their messages and photos against their will and punishes( them by disallowing them to go outside the dormitory for weeks;
*shouts at them and brags that knows the mayor and the Bureau of Immigration is in his hands as well as the professors and administrators of DMSF:
* chooses all the student leader among the Indian students, as if no election has been conducted;
Malaki said the students also complained that Mohan collects Php10,000 for dormitory fees when the actual fee is lesser.
“Our clients are giving your good office the jurisdiction upon this action before elevating
the matter to the higher authorities to give you the first hand opportunity to hold Ashin Mohan liable to curtail his actions before he could do more damage to our clients,” Malaki said.
Mohan could not be reached for comment. His Facebook account has been deactivated or hidden. (MindaNews)