Sunday, August 14, 2022

Investigate former CDC chief: RUPA chairman

Ray Junia, chairman of the Road Users Protection Advocates (RUPA) has urged authorities to investigate Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade in connection to illegal online gambling operations in Clark Freeport in Pampanga.

According to Junia, it was during Tugade’s term as head of Clark Development Corp. (CDC) when Jack Lam, one of Asia’s biggest gaming moguls, saw his operations inside the Fontana Leisure and Casino Hotel flourish.

Jack Lam, chairman of Jimei Group and one Asia’s most influential gaming persons, is currently being investigated for attempting to bribe Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre and Pagcor chief Andrea Domingo.

“We call on the President to investigate Tugade and other CDC officials. This illegal operation would not have happened without the approval, silent or otherwise, of Tugade and his team at the CDC,” he said.

Junia said that if Lam was brave enough to try to bribe Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre for the release of 1,316 Chinese nationals, he could only imagine what perks could have gone Tugade’s way for the CDC to turn a blind eye on the illegal activity.

“Logic dictates that it was impossible for the CDC not to have noticed a crime was being committed right under their noses,” Junia said.

President Duterte ordered the arrest of Lam last week, however it appears that Lam already left the country days before the arrest order was made.

It will be unlikely that Lam will make a trip back to the Philippines.

“Considering the offenses allegedly committed and apparent reports that he has already left the country, there is a strong possibility that he may attempt to place himself beyond the reach of the legal processes of this government by leaving the country,” Aguirre said in an order to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente.

(Pictured: Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade)

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