Chi­nese denies brib­ing BI of­fi­cial for free­dom

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE -

CLARK FREEPORT — ONE of the Chi­nese na­tion­als ar­rested at an on­line gam­ing site in Clark, Pam­panga and who were among those who re­cently es­caped, has re­turned to the cus­tody of the Bureau of Im­mi­gra­tion (BI).

BI spokesper­son Atonette Man­grobang on Sun­day said Liang Kun, one of the more than 1,000 Chi­nese na­tion­als ar­rested last Novem­ber 24, re­turned to the cus­tody of the BI last Fri­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Man­grobang, Kun left the hold­ing fa­cil­ity at the Fon­tana con­ven­tion cen­ter last Wed­nes­day be­cause he wanted to go out­side and rest in the villa where he lived.

“It ap­pears from his tes­ti­mony that the mo­tive for his es­cape was sim­ply to get away from the dis­com­forts of the hold­ing fa­cil­ity which was over­crowded and had no sleeping pro­vi­sions and re­turn to the com­forts of his own bed­room in the villa,” Man­grobang said.

Kun dur­ing his in­ter­view with the BI op­er­a­tives de­nied al­le­ga­tions that the au­thor­i­ties al­lowed him to es­cape in ex­change for bribes.

Ac­cord­ing to Man­grobang, Kun told the BI that his man­ager, a cer­tain Bai Yu Lan a.k.a. Mango, had con­vinced him to sur­ren­der and re­turn to the hold­ing fa­cil­ity.

Mean­while, when asked by the BI au­thor­i­ties if he knew the where­abouts of the 26 other es­capees who are still at large, he replied he does not.

Kun was one of 57 Chi­nese na­tion­als who es­caped from the hold­ing fa­cil­ity last Wed­nes­day; 31 of them have al­ready re­turned to BI cus­tody and 26 re­mains at large.

Man­grobang said BI of­fi­cials are con­fi­dent that the 26 Chi­nese na­tion­als would re­turn to cus­tody as they had nowhere to go ex­cept hide in their homes inside the Clark Freeport.

The PNP chief noted that he has is­sued in­struc­tion to all PNP units na­tion­wide to ar­rest Lam.

Dela Rosa said that he has co­or­di­nated with Bureau of Im­mi­gra­tion (BI) Com­mis­sioner Jaime Morente about the di­rec­tive of Pres­i­dent Duterte.

Dela Rosa said he has no idea whether a Hold De­par­ture Or­der (HDO) against Lam has al­ready been is­sued.

Pres­i­dent Duterte has di­rected the PNP and the BI to make sure that the busi­ness­man would not be able to leave the coun­try.

Dela Rosa said that they will do ev­ery­thing so that “tech­ni­cal­i­ties” will not be raised when they ar­rest Lam such that there is still no case filed against him. (PNA)

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.