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Immigration bribery case is still plunder; bail denied

Aug 31, 2018 - 4:41 PM

A plunder complaint requires a minimum of P50 million. The NBI under former justice secretary Aguirre only recommended charges of graft because of the supposedly missing P1,000.

NOT MISSING. The Sandiganbayan finds that the the total P50 million was not missing P1,000, contrary to the earlier claim by former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

Argosino accused as 'main plunderer' in immigration bribery scandal

Jun 13, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Amended charges identify Al Argosino as the main plunderer, apparently to satisfy legal standards introduced by the Supreme Court when it acquitted former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of plunder

BRIBERY SCANDAL. Former immigration Associate Commisioner Al Argosino gets emotional during the Senate Blue Ribbon hearing on January 31, 2017, on the P50-million bribery scandal. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Apr 13, 2018 - 7:41 PM

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PNP refuses Crame detention for officials in immigration bribery scandal

Apr 13, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Suspects Al Argosino, Michael Robles, and Wally Sombero claim their lives are threatened by drug war detainees in Camp Bagong Diwa. The PNP says these supposed threats are 'speculative.'

IMMIGRATION SCANDAL. Former Immigration deputy commissioner Al Argosino and Michael Robles are detained at the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.

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Apr 11, 2018 - 1:14 PM

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Jack Lam 'middleman' Wally Sombero surrenders to police

Apr 11, 2018 - 8:59 AM

(UPDATED) Incoming Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says Sombero sent surrender feelers on the same day the Sandiganbayan released the arrest order against him

Ex-immigration execs in Jack Lam bribery case detained

Apr 10, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Al Argosino and Michael Robles are accused of accepting P50 million in exchange for the freedom on undocumented Chinese nationals arrested in an online casino in Pampanga in November 2016

PLUNDER ALLEGATION. Former Immigration deputy commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles are facing plunder charges for allegedly accepting ₱50 million in exchange for the release of 1,316 undocumented Chinese nationals arrested during a raid in Clark, Pampanga, in November 2016. Photos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ex-immigration officials in bribery scandal charged with plunder

Mar 23, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Former immigration intelligence chief Charles Calima is cleared

EX-IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL. Former immigration deputy commissioner Al Argosino faces the Senate probe into alleged corruption at the Bureau of Immigration in January 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Senate recommends bribery, plunder charges vs ex-immigration officials

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The Senate also recommends that Wally Sombero, the alleged associate of Chinese tycoon Jack Lam, be charged with plunder and corruption of public officials

CHARGES. The Senate recommends bribery and plunder charges against two former Immigration commissioners involved in the BI bribery scam. Rappler lile photos

Senate reprimands Aguirre for private meeting with Jack Lam

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The Senate says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II was 'less than prudent' when he met with individuals who turned out to be allegedly involved in bribery

Sen. Gordon with voluminous documents Photo by Angie de Silva

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Oct 27, 2017 - 9:51 PM

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Ombudsman indicts ex-immigration execs for plunder

Oct 27, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Wally Sombero, alleged middleman of gambling tycoon Jack Lam, is also indicted for plunder in connection with the Bureau of Immigration corruption scandal

EX-IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL. Former immigration deputy commissioner Al Argosino faces the Senate probe into alleged corruption at the Bureau of Immigration in January 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ex-BI officials in Jack Lam bribery avoid plunder with missing P1,000

Oct 10, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The two former Immigration deputy commissioners, Michael Robles and Al Argosino, are fraternity brothers of President Rodrigo Duterte and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

Ex-immigration commissioners withdraw complaint vs Jack Lam

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Al Argosino and Michael Robles say the complaint turned out to be based on mistaken assumption or interpretation of facts and circumstances

IMMIGRATION SCANDAL. Gaming tycoon Jack Lam is accused of bribing Immigration Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles. But the commissioners are now moving to withdraw their complaint. Photo from Jimei website

When President Duterte goes on a firing spree

Apr 07, 2017 - 10:15 AM

The President s one whiff you re out rule shows a leadership style governed by instinct and passion and little reflection say political analysts

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Mar 13, 2017 - 12:47 PM

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Mar 09, 2017 - 9:52 PM

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Aguirre to Pangilinan, De Lima, Trillanes: Sorry

Feb 01, 2017 - 8:24 AM

The justice secretary earlier accused Pangilinan – along with De Lima and Trillanes – of offering immunity to immigration officials to pin him down in the Jack Lam bribery case He concedes it is hearsay

'SORRY.' Justice Secretary Vit Aguirre during the first hearing on the Jack Lam bribery case. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

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Jan 24, 2017 - 11:16 AM

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Senate BI bribery probe: 3 hard questions for Aguirre

Jan 24, 2017 - 8:36 AM

The 1st hearing on the bribery scam in the Bureau of Immigration leaves more questions than answers as senators try to uncover the extent of the involvement of the justice secretary

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Jan 10, 2017 - 1:09 PM

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De Lima wants Senate probe into BI bribery scandal

Jan 10, 2017 - 9:17 AM

The senator says anti corruption laws should be revised to deal with cases of favoritism citing the two fraternity brothers of President Rodrigo Duterte who have figured in a corruption scandal at the Bureau of Immigration

Aguirre unhappy with Morente's explanation of missing P20M

Dec 22, 2016 - 4:03 PM

Retired police senior superintendent Wally Sombero turns over to the Office of the Ombudsman on Thursday December 22 P2 million

PROBE ORDERED. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II holds a press briefing in Malacañang on November 16, 2016. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Duterte sacks 2 immigration deputy commissioners

Dec 17, 2016 - 2:42 AM

Deputy Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles are President Rodrigo Duterte s fraternity brothers

'YOUR FIRED.' For the first time, Duterte orders the dismissal of officials he himself appointed. File photo from PPD

DOJ issues lookout bulletin vs 2 immigration officials, 5 others

Dec 16, 2016 - 4:21 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says this would ensure the availability of every person of interest in the NBI investigation

Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler.com

Drilon seeks BI overhaul amid corruption scandal

Dec 16, 2016 - 12:34 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon files Senate Resolution No 256 days after two immigration officials admitted receiving P50 million from gambling tycoon Jack Lam

REORGANIZATION. Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon files a resolution seeking for a reorganization of the Bureau of Immigration, which has been long plagued with corruption issues. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

DOJ chief feels ‘betrayed’ by frat brothers in BI

Dec 13, 2016 - 5:51 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says Deputy Immigration Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles who are accused of extortion were part of the Duterte legal team during the campaign

'DISMAYED.' Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says he was dismayed when he discovered the alleged involvement of two friends at the immigration office in irregularities. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo