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Clark gambling probe urged

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Online gambling ‘flourished’ during Tugade’s term at Clark Dev’t Corp. -- RUPA 

AN umbrella network of commuter stakeholders has urged President Rodrigo Duterte to investigate Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade over the biggest illegal online gambling operations in Clark Freeport in Pampanga.
   
Road Users Protection Advocates chairman Ray Junia said it was during Tugade’s term as head of the Clark Development Corporation when Jack Lam, one of the biggest gambling moguls in Asia, saw his operations inside the Fontana Leisure and Casino Hotel flourish.
   
“We call on the President to investigate Tugade and other CDC officials,” Junia said adding Lam’s operation would not have happened without the approval of officials of the CDC.
   
Junia said if Lam was brazen enough to try to bribe Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre for the release of 1,316 Chinese nationals working at the online gaming facility in Fontana, he could only imagine what perks he may have given for the CDC to turn a blind eye on the illegal activity.
   
“One can only imagine how much he was giving CDC back then. His operation went on for years,” he said.
   
“Logic dictates that it was impossible for the CDC not to have noticed a crime was being committed right under their noses,” the RUPA official added.
   
Duterte has already ordered Lam’s arrest after his alleged attempt to bribe Aguirre and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. chairperson Andrea Domingo.
   
PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa said he had already asked Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente to issue an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order against Lam.
   
The Hong Kong-based Lam is the chairman of the Jimei Group which is one of the biggest gambling junket operators in Asia.
   
Through his lawyer Raymond Fortun, Lam admitted he met with Aguirre but denied the charges of bribery.