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Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe government officials for any involvement in extortion or bribery stemming from the recent arrest of 1,316 Chinese nationals in Clark, Pampanga.

“I have formalized my earlier directive to the NBI to fully investigate the allegations of bribery and extortion in relation to the operation conducted against foreign nationals at the Fontana Leisure Park, Clark Field, Angeles, Pampanga,” said Aguirre in a statement.

The Secretary issued Department Order No. 896 which gave authority to the NBI to conduct “the investigation and case build-up to determine the criminal liability” over the alleged bay-offs made by Macau-based casino tycoon Jack Lam.

The order was given on the heels of the alleged P50-million pay-off made by Lam to officials of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for the release of the nabbed Chinese nationals from Lam’s Fontana Leisure Park and Casino Hotel.

“We want to get to the bottom of these allegations and we believe that the probe that will be conducted by the NBI will help us get to the truth,” stated Aguirre.