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Sombero no-show again at BI bribery scandal probe

Alleged middleman's lawyer cites health reasons behind absence
By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 10:52 AM February 09, 2017
Wally Sombero

Wally Sombero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/AIE BALAGTAS SEE

Wally Sombero Jr., alleged middleman of gambling tycoon Jack Lam, was a no-show again on Thursday in the third hearing of the Senate blue ribbon committee on the reported P50 million bribery scandal.

Instead, lawyer Ted Contacto read his client Sombero’s letter to the committee saying he could not attend the hearing for health reasons.

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Sombero was a key personality in the controversy as he was the one who reportedly handed P50 million to two former Bureau of Immigration (BI) officials —Al Argosino and Michael Robles— supposedly in exchange for the release of Lam’s Chinese workers in Clark, Pampanga.

Argosino and Robles attended the hearing.

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Also invited as resource persons were Lam’s friend and business partner, Charlie “Atong” Ang; Lam’s two interpreters, Alex Yu and Norman Ng; Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II; BI Commissioner Jaime Morente; former immigration intelligence chief Charles Calima; Pagcor chair and chief executive officer Andrea Domingo, among others. JE/rga

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