CIDG recommends filing of charges vs. Indian dorm operator

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The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group tasked by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to look into the complaint of several Indian nationals against their own countryman who operates a dormitory for Indian medical students here in Davao City has recommended the filing of charges against the dorm operator.

In a press conference Wednesday evening, Mayor Duterte presented to the Indian medical students and the accused, Davao Medical Education Management Services (DMEMS) chief operating officer Dr. Ashin Mohan, the CIDG recommendation for the filing of illegal detention and grave coercion charges against Dr. Mohan.

About 1,000 Indian nationals who studies medicine at the Davao Medical School Foundation here in Davao City sought the help of the City Government last week over the alleged abuses of DMEMS against the foreign students.

Among the complaints were harassment and extortion. The students claimed that Dr. Mohan had been charging them exorbitant fees and fines. The dorm operator is also allegedly asking P9,000 from them for renewal of their visas.

Duterte told the 1,200 Indian national students presently staying at the three dormitories of DMEMS that they are now free to choose which place to stay and need not confine themselves at the DMEMS dormitories.

DMEMS is the local partner of India-based firm Transworld Education Academy Pvt. Ltd which is in partnership with DMSF to bring Indian medical students to Davao City to study at the school.

Aside from the filing of criminal charges, the Business Bureau is also set to fine DMEMS P516,703 for failing to pay taxes and for lacking permit to operate in their three dormitories.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) 11 is meanwhile looking at the increasing number of Indian national students as the DMSF which has exceeded the prescribed number of enrolled foreign students for this school year.

It was learned that the law only allows one-third of the total population of students to be allotted for foreign students. The number of Indian students here in Davao City is estimated to be at least 1,200.



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