Gordon schedules probe on BI bribery scandal


Posted at Jan 18 2017 11:17 AM | Updated as of Jan 18 2017 01:00 PM

A Senate investigation on the alleged bribery scandal involving Bureau of Immigration officials and gaming tycoon Jack Lam will start on Monday, January 23, Sen. Richard Gordon said Thursday.

Gordon, head of the Senate blue ribbon and justice committees, said he will start the investigation immediately because he is dissatisfied with the slow pace of the justice department's probe on the matter.

This, after Senator Antonio Trillanes accused Gordon and Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri of trying to "whitewash" the probe.

Summoned to the hearing are gaming tycoon Jack Lam, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, former BI deputy commissioners Al Argosino and Mike Robles, former BI intelligence chief Charles Calima and alleged Lam representative Wally Sombero.

Argosino and Robles are accused of extorting P50 million from businessman Jack Lam in exchange for the release of around 600 Chinese employees working in Lam's online gaming facility in Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino in Clark, Pampanga.

The two commissioners, however, said they received the money as part of evidence in the investigation of the Macau-based businessman. Both officials as well as Calima have been fired.