Published: Sunday 04 December, 2016

Duterte to PNP: Arrest Jack Lam for Bribery, Economic Sabotage

The Philippine National Police has been ordered to hunt down Jack Lam. The Chinese casino operator is now considered a fugitive after disappearing following an arrest order issued by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte.


President Duterte has ordered the arrest of Jack Lam. (PHOTO: Malacanang via Politiko)

PNP chief, Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa has ordered a nationwide manhunt for Jack Lam. This despite the absence of formal charges against Lam, a Macau-based casino operator who runs online gaming operations at the Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino in Clark, Pampanga.

But there is no need for formal charges to be filed in court, according to Department of Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre. Jack Lam is wanted for economic sabotage, a ‘continuing offense’, which does nono need for formal charges to be filed in court, at necessitate a warrant from court.

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Lam is accused of trying to bribe Aguirre and PAGCOR chief, Andrea Domingo, on separate cases, for the release of 1,316 illegal Chinese workers nabbed at the Fontana casino last month.

Lam’s people were allegedly willing to pay P250,000 for each of the arrested Chinese workers. Meanwhile, Aguirre said Lam was offering Domingo a ‘1 percent cut’ in his operations in exchange for allowing him top operate while his business license is pending. Both allegations have been denied by Lam’s camp.

Meanwhile, Dela Rosa has appealed to the public for any information that would lead to the arrest of Jack Lam.

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“Kung sino nakakaalam kung nasaan si Jack Lam ngayon, ito ay isang Chinese national na nag-ooperate ng online gaming sa Fontana Clark, ipagbigay-alam lang po sa ating kapulisan sa nearest police station,” Dela Rosa said. (‘(Whoever knows the whereabouts of Jack Lam now, he is a Chinese national operating an online gaming in Fontana, Clark, please report it to the nearest police station’.)

Lam has secured the services of Atty. Raymond Fortun but the later is mum on his client’s whereabouts.