DOJ issues lookout bulletin vs 2 immigration officials, 5 others

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday, December 16, issued a lookout bulletin order against two immigration officials and 5 others following corruption allegations involving the officials and gaming tycoon Jack Lam.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguire II said he has signed an order placing the following in the Immigration Look Out Bulletin:

"This is to ensure that every person of interest in the on-going investigations being conducted by the Bureau of Immigration, the National Bureau of Immigration and the National Prosecution Service will be readily available to present their side of the story," Aguirre said in a statement.

The justice chief reiterated his promise to conduct an impartial investigation into the alleged extortion case involving two of his fraternity brothers, Argosino and Robles.

The two officials are accused of extorting P50 million from gaming tycoon Jack Lam through his representative, Sombero, to free 600 of 1,300 Chinese nationals caught without work permits at Lam's Pampanga casino.

The officials alleged that they took the money – which they turned over to Aguirre two weeks after their meeting with Sombero – as they were investigating Lam for bribery. – Rappler.com