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Trillanes links Duterte to BI extortion mess

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 2/17/2017 Bordadora, Norman
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President Rodrigo Duterte knew about former Immigration Deputy Commissioner Al Argosino’s attempt to extort millions from Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said Thursday.

“Yes, based dito sa nangyari na ito kasi hindi mangyayari lahat ng ito kung walang imprimatur ng President,” Trillanes told reporters in an interview.

“Kaya nga binabalik ko kayo dun sa Davao kasi dun, ganyan. Siya ang hari, lahat ng illegal na nangyayari dun ay meron syang basbas. Ngayon ito ginawa nila rito,” he said.

GMA News Online is still trying to get Malacañang's reaction as of posting time.

During the Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing, Trillanes bared alleged text messages between Argosino and Lam’s alleged middleman, former police officer Wally Sombero.

In the said message sent by Argosino, he mentioned that he arranged a meeting “with a person with very good connection with the President.”

Later, Trillanes told reporters Arogino was in fact referring to President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Sabi nga ni Atong Ang kanina, ito ay labanan ng mga gustong pumasok sa gambling industry so na-mention nya si Kim Wong at base sa ating info, itong si Kim Wong ay naging supporter ni President Duterte at gusto ngang pumasok dito sa negosyo ni Mr. Jack Lam,” Trillanes said.

Wong is the Chinese casino owner who was tagged in a bank heist scandal last year.

“This is a clear case of shakedown operations to ease out a player in the gambling industry at magpasok ng isang crony at kadikit ng Pangulong Duterte,” Trillanes said.

Sombero claims Argosino tried to extort P100 million from Lam in exchange for the release of illegal Chinese workers arrested at the Fontana Leisure Park and Casino in Clark, Pampanga. —NB, GMA News

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