2 immigration execs fired over P50-M extortion

December 14 2016 10:30 AM

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Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II | Image by Thirdy Gonzalgo

(UPDATED at 12:02 p.m., Dec.14, PH time) Justice Secretary Vitalliano Aguirre has fired the two officials of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for alleged extortion.

Aguirre sent a letter to Charles Calima, executive assistant II at the immigration office, informing him of his termination.

Calima’s assistant, Police Superintendent Edward T. Chan, was likewise terminated from the service.

In a letter addressed to Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Aguirre said the justice department has “terminated the detail” of Chan to the immigration bureau effective immediately.

Both letters were sent to their respective offices on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Calima was tagged by BI commissioners, Al Argosino and Michael Robles, as being involved in the alleged bribery incident that was caught on a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera.

Reports said that Argosino and Robles were caught on a CCTV camera receiving P50 million from a bagman of Jack Lam, an online gambling tycoon based in Macau.

Both commissioners claimed that they were only framed up.

Argosino and Robles have taken a 30-day leave of absence that started last Monday, Dec. 12, to give the bureau a “free hand to conduct the investigation” against them.

READ: Immigration execs cry ‘frame-up’ in bribery case, to file charges

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