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NBI to probe ‘payoffs’ for Chinese’ freedom

  • Written by Hector Lawas
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THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has been tasked to investigate the alleged payoffs in the Bureau of Immigration (BI) over the 1,316 Chinese nationals recently arrested in the illegal online gaming operation of Jack Lam at the Clark Freeport in Pampanga.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre stressed that he decided to give the task to the NBI to avoid any suspicion of whitewash.

“We will leave no stone unturned and there will be no sacred cows. We will hold those found responsible accountable,” he vowed.

Aguirre said he ordered the probe in line with the platform of President Duterte’s administration to rid government agencies of corruption.
   
“Corruption of any kind has no place in the DoJ family; it has no place in government. President Duterte’s marching order to us is very clear -- absolutely no corruption. This mandate will be relentlessly pursued,” he stressed
   
Aguirre earlier said that the BI will be the next target of his anti-corruption drive after the Bureau of Corrections, saying it has been home to various syndicates involved in corruption.
   
Earlier the DoJ chief vowed to probe reported payoffs in the escape of several of the arrested Chinese nationals.
   
He revealed in a press conference information that some of the arrested Chinese offered from P100,000 to P250,000 per head for their release.
   
Over 70 of them managed to escape by supposedly jumping over the walls of their temporary detention facility at Fontana Leisure Park and Casino Hotel. More than half of them were either rearrested or have surrendered.