ONE of the more than 1,000 Chinese nationals arrested at an online gaming site inside the Club Fontana casino in Clark, Pampanga and who was among those who escaped detention, returned to the custody of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Friday.
In its press statement, the BI said that Liang Kun, 24, has also denied allegations that he and the other escapees bribed their way out.
Aided by an interpreter, Kun reportedly told BI officials that he left their holding facility at the Fontana convention center last Wednesday because he just wanted to go outside, take a shower and rest in the villa where he lived while working at the casino, adding that he had no other companion in the villa except the household workers.
While denying any knowledge on the whereabouts of the 26 other escapees who are still at large, Kun said his manager, a certain ‘Bai Yu Lan,’ a.k.a. ‘Mango’, had called him up to convince him to surrender and return to the holding facility.
Atty. Ma. Antonette Mangrobang, BI spokesperson, said the bureau is confident that the 26 Chinese nationals who remain at large would return to custody as they have nowhere to go except hide in the comforts of their homes inside the Clark Freeport.
“It is better if they surrender, lest they forfeit their opportunity to air their side and present their defense while undergoing deportation proceedings before our bureau,” she said.
The BI said 57 Chinese nationals escaped from the holding facility but 31 of them have returned to BI custody.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has ordered an investigation into the said escape. Reports have it that the total of arrested Chinese workers numbered 1,316 contrary to the 1,240 stated by the BI and that 70, not only 57 also as claimed by the BI, actually escaped detention.
It was also reported that some of the arrested Chinese offered P100,000 to P250,000 bribe for their release.