Bol-Jack Lam: Aguirre wants Fontana closed for illegal ops, Congress to probe who’s gambling lord’s ninong
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has urged the Department of Tourism to order the closure of Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino in Clark for illegally running online gaming operations and employing aliens without the rightful permits.
Aguirre made the call Thursday (Dec. 1) in an interview with Ted Failon over dzMM radio after it was reported that Fontana’s owner, Macau-based gambling tycoon Jack Lam, tried to bribe him with P100 million a month to protect his business.
“it should now be the turn of other government agencies to put the pressure to draw the line against Jack Lam. Sino bang nakakaalam ng operations ng hotel? Department of Tourism (DOT), local government officials. Di ba pag ginagamit mo ang iyong facility for illegal activities it should be subject to closure?” he said.
In addition to moving for Fontana’s closure, Aguirre wants Congress to launch an investigation on who Lam’s protectors were in the Aquino administration.
The justice secretary earlier bared Lam’s attempt to bribe him during their meeting at Bonifacio Global City last Nov. 26, two days after police arrested 1,316 Chinese nationals illegally working at his online gaming business.
Lam, speaking through interpreters, told Aguirre he has long been looking for a “ninong” to protect his interests in the gambling business, which include Fort Ilocandia in Ilocos Norte.
The justice secretary, however, turned the offer to be the Chinese gambling operator’s “godfather” down.
Aguirre said Lam also tried to bribe Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) chair Andrea Domingo with a 1-percent cut of his casino earnings to allow Fontana to continue with its online gaming operations while his application for a license is pending.
But just like Aguirre, Domingo turned Lam’s offer down and advised him instead to pay the requisite 10-percent cut of his earnings due to the government.