BI records show ex-Wirecard COO entered PH June 23, left the next day

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says it is 'bothersome' that the name Jan Marsalek, former Wirecard chief operating officer, appeared on the Bureau of Immigration's database as someone who arrived in Manila on June 23, and left for China from Cebu the next day. He says authorities are checking if this could be a glitch. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 25) — The Department of Justice is "bothered" by the recent travel in and out of the country of Jan Marsalek, the former chief operating officer of German firm Wirecard who was sacked amid controversy surrounding the company's missing $2.1 billion cash.

Bureau of Immigration records show that Marsalek arrived in Manila on June 23, and left for China from Cebu the next morning, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra told CNN Philippines Thursday.

Guevarra, however, noted that there were no signs of Marsalek in the CCTV of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

"What is really bothersome is the fact that it appeared in the database of BI... We want to find out exactly if he arrived here or there was only a glitch or something, but there were certain details appearing in the database, like the aircraft that carried him to Manila and his departure from Cebu via specific airline going to China," Guevarra said.

He added that he got information that Marsalek was accompanied by his Filipina wife, that's why he was able to enter the country despite travel restrictions brought by the coronavirus crisis.

This is on top of an earlier visit, where he flew in on March 3 and stayed at a Makati City hotel until March 5, Guevarra said.

Immigration authorities are now looking into why Marsalek was in the country, while the National Bureau of Investigation is ready to summon a Filipino national named as a trustee of Wirecard in the Philippines, Guevarra said.

He said the trustee, who is a former government official, has expressed his desire to cooperate with the probe.

Earlier, the camp of Mark Kristopher Tolentino, a former assistant secretary for the Department of Transportation, denied knowing or participating "in any alleged irregularity" involving Wirecard's money.

Two local banks linked to the controversy, BDO Unibank and the Bank of the Philippine Islands, earlier said that Wirecard was not their client, while the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said the missing $2.1 billion (about ₱107 billion) cash supposedly held in trust by the two banks never entered the local financial system.