Aguirre admits 'inaanak' replaced sacked BI exec


Posted at Feb 16 2017 12:05 PM | Updated as of Aug 15 2017 11:03 AM

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MANILA- Justice Secretary Aguirre II on Thursday admitted that he appointed his godson to replace sacked Immigration official Michael Robles, who was embroiled in an alleged P50-million corruption scandal.

Aguirre, during a Senate investigation into the bribery mess, said he was the principal sponsor at the wedding of Jake Licas, Robles' successor as acting associate commissioner.

The justice secretary also defended his authority to appoint officials of the Bureau of Immigration.

Robles and sacked associate commissioner Al Argosino are accused of accepting P50 million from gambling mogul Jack Lam in exchange for the release of some 1,300 undocumented workers caught in his casino.

Watch a live streaming of the hearing here.

ABS-CBN News Channel, 16 February 2017