Plunder Cases Filed Against Immigration Commissioners Al Argosino, Michael Robles & Gen. Sombero

The Duterte administration continued their efforts against corruption as they reported that Plunder Cases have been filed against former Bureau of Immigration (BI) deputy commissioner Al Argosino and Michael Robles, as well as retired police general Wenceslao Sombero Jr., for allegedly receiving bribe money from controversial Macau tycoon Jack Lam in 2016 in exchange for the release of illegal Chinese workers.


According to Sandiganbayan's Fourth Division they will hander the plunder, graft and bribery cases filed by the Office of the Ombudsman against Al Argosino, Michael Robles and business tycoon Jack Lam who is also known as Lam Yin Lok.

The Ombudsman noted on their charge sheet that on November 27, 2016, Argosimo, Robles and Sombero illegally tained P50 million "through a series or combination of overt or criminal acts, or similar schemes or means."



The agency added further that according to the charge sheet, the cash payment, which totaled P50 million — the threshold amount for plunder — was allegedly delivered to and received by Argosino and Robles in two instances at City of Dreams Manila in ParaƱaque City, as follows: P20 million at about 2 a.m. on November 27, 2016 and P30 million at about 5:45 a.m. of the same day.

The Ombudsman alleged that the amount was handed by Gen. Sombero. No bail was recommended by the Ombudsman in the plunder case against Argosino, Robles and Sombero.

In the charge sheet accusing Argosino, Robles, and Sombero of graft and bribery in violation of Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act), the Ombudsman alleged that the former immigration officials, in conspiracy with Sombero who was president of Asian Gaming Service Provider Association, Inc., demanded and received P50 million from Lam.



This was to facilitate the release of 1,316 Chinese arrested and detained at Fontana Leisure Park in Clark Field, Pampanga on November 24, 2016.

The Ombudsman recommended P30,000 bail for each accused in the graft case and P20,000 bail for each accused in the bribery case. In the case wherein Argosino, Robles, Sombero, and Lam were accused of violating a presidential decree on gifts, the Ombudsman recommended P10,000 bail for each accused.

Pres. Rody Duterte already fired Argosino and Robles, his fraternity brothers at San Beda law school’s Lex Talionis fraternity, in December 2016.

Source: The Manila Times

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