‘Bagman’ in immigration bribery
back in PH to face Senate probe

February 14 2017 10:34 AM


A key witness in the Bureau of Immigration (BI) bribery scandal arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday morning, February 14.

Wenceslao “Wally” Sombero arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) before 9 a.m.

In a broadcast of the ambush interview, Sombero was asked if he would now face the Senate which has been conducting hearings in aid of legislation.

“Oo, wala naman akong balak magtago e,” Sombero said.

(Of course. I have no intention of hiding.)

“Nag muni-muni lang,” he added.

(I was just doing some reflection.)

A separate report said that Sombero proceeded to the Office of the Immigration Supervisor in Naia to process his requirements.

Sombero failed to attend three Senate hearings involving the BI scandal.

The BI is in hot water over the alleged involvement of former Associate Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles who allegedly accepted a P50-million bribe in exchange of the release of undocumented Chinese workers employed by online gambling operator Jack Lam.

Sombero, Lam’s alleged bagman, cited medical reasons for his failure to attend the hearings.

Senator Richard Gordon, blue ribbon committee chairman, said that Sombero could be cited in contempt by the Senate and faced detention if he failed to present a medical certificate.

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