DOJ is­sues look­out or­der against Jack Lam

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THE De­part­ment of Jus­tice (DOJ) on Mon­day is­sued a Look­out or­der against gam­ing ty­coon Jack Lam fol­low­ing the or­der of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte to ar­rest the Chi­nese busi­ness­man for try­ing to bribe gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

In an Im­mi­gra­tion Look­out Bul­letin Or­der dated De­cem­ber 5, the DOJ or­dered the Bureau of Im­mi­gra­tion to in­clude Lam’s name on its watch­list, even amid re­ports that the Chi­nese na­tional al­ready left the coun­try last Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the DOJ, the is­suance of the or­der is in ac­tion to the ver­bal or­der of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte to ar­rest Lam af­ter he al­legedly tried to bribe Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Vi­tal­iano Aguirre II to re­lease the more than 1,000 un­doc­u­mented Chi­nese na­tion­als work­ing at the on­line gam­ing busi­ness he owns.

The DOJ also asked the BI to mon­i­tor Lam’s where­abouts and co­or­di­nate with the De­part­ment and the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice con­cern­ing the or­der and its en­force­ment.

In a press con­fer­ence last Thurs­day Aguirre said Lam tried to bribe him and Philip­pine Gam­ing Cor­po­ra­tion chief An­drea Domingo in sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, in ex­change of pro­tec­tion for his il­le­gal gam­ing busi­ness.

The meet­ing with Lam, ac­cord­ing to Aguirre, was to tackle the de­ten­tion of the 1,300 Chi­nese na­tion­als ar­rested in Fon­tana Leisure Park in Clark, Pam­panga.

The Chi­nese na­tion­als em­ployed to op­er­ate in the un­licensed on­line gam­bling busi­ness owned by Lam were ar­rested in an op­er­a­tion con­ducted by the NBI and the PNP last Novem­ber 24.

Im­mi­gra­tion spokesper­son Ma. An­tonette Man­grobang on Sun­day con­firmed that Lam, with Chi­nese name Lam Yin Lok, de­parted the coun­try on Oc­to­ber 29 on board a Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong. (Keith A. Calayag/ Sunnex)

— Chris Navarro

CHAM­PION. Dancers from Florid­ablanca town bran­dish unique alu­minium wares dur­ing their San Jose Fes­ti­val Per­for­mance which won them the cham­pion in yes­ter­day’s open­ing of the Pam­panga Day cel­e­bra­tions.

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