Mahal ko ‘yan! Duterte defends Morent eamid claim 90% of BI involved in ‘pastillas’ scam

Not even a whistleblower’s claim that 90 percent of all Bureau of Immigration (BI) officials and staff are involved in the multi-billion “pastillas” scam will make President Rodrigo Duterte let go of his former Davao City police chief.

President Rodrigo Duterte has no plans to fire Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente after sacking all immigration officials and employees at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) involved in an extortion scam where Chinese nationals pay P10,000 each for unimpeded entry and exit in the country.

“Yung lahat sa NAIA, file-a n mo ng kaso tapos pinaalis ko na with the end view of dismissal. Yung sa Customs 83 of them for dismissal. So do not tempt the gods, we are not gods. What I’m saying is just a figure of speech. Do not tempt the gods, just do your work, I will protect you. Stay aligned,” he added.

Senator Risa Hontiveros believed that the immigration officials fired by Duterte were just the tip of the iceberg.

“Barya lang ang napupunta sa mga immigration officers at mid-level employees sa airport. Hindi rin ang lahat ay tumatanggap. We need to go after the big fish because the money goes way beyond frontline employees,” said Hontiveros.

“P10,000 ang binabayaran ng Chinese national na grease money, pero P2,000 lang ang pinaghahati-hatian sa airport bilang pastillas. Asaan ang P8,000 at sino ang naambunan nito? Ang saklaw ng kaalaman ng ating informant ay NAIA terminals lang. Paano ang ibang international airports kagaya ng sa Clark, sa Cebu, sa Kalibo, sa Davao” she asked.

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