Philippines

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has dismissed the chief of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Intelligence Unit, Charles Calima over bribery allegations related to gaming mogul Jack Lam.

Philippines-based Resorts World Manila (RWM) is working with the local government to establish a treatment and rehabilitation center for drug dependents in the Southern Philippines.

Two immigration officials have denied allegations that they extorted P50 million from gaming mogul Jack Lam for the release of the 1,300 Chinese workers detained at the Fontana Leisure Parks & Casino in Pampanga.

Bloomberry Resorts chairman Enrique Razon has proposed for the government to adopt a “visa-on-arrival” policy for mainland Chinese visitors.

The Chinese embassy in the Philippines has offered consular assistance to junket boss Jack Lam following the order of his arrest.

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. has shrugged off a recent petition to nullify the regulation which allows Pagcor to issue offshore gaming licenses.

Philippines integrated resort Okada Manila will reportedly open on December 21, according to Okada’s local partner businessman Antonio Cojuangco.

Philippine casino operator Bloomberry Resorts saw an increase in Chinese visitors last month, suggesting President Rodrigo Duterte’s lean towards Beijing has started to benefit business.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he would allow Jack Lam to do business in the country again if he apologized for bribing an official and paid the correct taxes.

An anti-corruption watchdog has asked the Supreme Court to nullify the regulation which allows Pagcor to issue offshore gaming licenses.

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