MANILA -- Thirty-nine Chinese nationals arrested at gambling tycoon Jack Lam's Fontana Leisure Park and Casino in Clark, Pampanga appeared at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday.
There were 43 respondents, but four were not present at the DOJ.
The Chinese, who were taken into custody on November 24, attended the preliminary investigation hearing into charges of illegal gambling and violation of the Anti-Cybercrime Prevention Act.
The arrested respondents were given up to January 13, at 2:30 pm, to submit their counter-affidavits.
According to the complaint filed by the DOJ Office of Cybercrime, the respondents were occupants of Fontana's Villa 736.
The November 24 operation led to the arrest of a total number of 1,316 illegal Chinese workers involved in illegal online gambling
The incident led to the alleged attempted bribery of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II by Lam's camp, as well as to the alleged P50-million payoff of immigration Associate Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles.