MANILA - Former policeman Wally Sombero on Thursday failed anew to attend a legislative inquiry into an alleged bribery incident involving Immigration officials.
Sombero's lawyer, Ted Contacto, said the cop-turned-gambling enthusiast was "still in Singapore and he is under medical observation."
Sombero is accused of handing P50 million to BI deputy commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles in exchange for the release of over 1,300 workers arrested last November at the online casino of his alleged boss, gambling tycoon Jack Lam.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has also claimed that he rejected an offer from Sombero to be Lam's "ninong" or protector.
Sombero has submitted his complaint affidavit and supplemental statement regarding the allegations, said Contacto.
Senator Richard Gordon, who leads the investigation, warned that Sombero will be cited for contempt if he skips the next hearing.
"Medical observation does not sound like an emergency. We have enough doctors here in Manila who can take care, I'm sure, of his problem, unless he has a problem on terminological inexactitude," said Gordon, chairperson of the Senate committee on justice.
Watch a live streaming of the hearing here.