Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has a lot more explaining to do regarding the supposed P100-million bribery attempt on him by an envoy of Chinese casino mogul Jack Lam late last year, Senator Richard Gordon said.
Following the Senate blue ribbon committee’s hearing on the controversy Monday (Jan. 22), Gordon said it was too early to tell whether that Aguirre was already off the hook.
“Wala akong sinasabing ganun (that Aguirre is cleared already). Hindi pa ako tapos, hindi pa kami tapos,” he said.
Among the questions which Gordon, chair of the blue ribbon committee, wanted Aguirre to answer was his lack of violent reaction when he was asked by Lam, through an interpreter, and former police official Wally Sombero to stand as “ninong” or “padrino” of the Chinese businessman.
“Dapat sinabihan nya, ‘ano ibig mo sabihin, are you trying to bribe me?’ Yun ang kulang,” the senator said.
During the hearing, dismissed Bureau of Immigration Associate Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles, as well as former BI intelligence chief Charles Calima Jr., were grilled on the P50-million bribe reportedly given by Lam to facilitate the release of the 1,316 Chinese working illegally at the Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino he owns in Clark, Pampanga.