MANILA Dec 17 Philippine President Rodrigo
Duterte on Saturday fired two immigration officials facing
allegations of corruption as he reaffirmed his commitment to
ensure a clean government.
"I said before that corruption will have no place in my
government," Duterte, who won the presidency in May on a promise
to rid the country of drugs, crime and corruption, said on
arriving home from visits to Cambodia and Singapore.
"Consistent with this electoral campaign, I have directed
the dismissal of the two (officials from) the Bureau of
Immigration who are now tainted with corruption," he said
without mentioning their names nor giving details about the
"They will be held accountable for their actions. They will
face the full force of the law," the firebrand leader said.
Just shortly before Duterte arrived in his hometown Davao
City from Singapore, local media reported that two immigration
officials accused of extorting 50 million pesos ($1 million)
from Jack Lam, a Chinese citizen and head of Hong Kong-listed
Jimei International, had tendered their resignation.
The two officials, however, had denied the allegation and
said they were a target of a demolition job for investigating
corruption in the immigration bureau, the reports said.
Lam, from the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau, faces
allegations of economic sabotage and bribery in the Philippines.
Lam's whereabouts are unknown. His lawyer in the Philippines
has previously denied the accusations against Lam.
Last month, local immigration authorities detained about
1,200 Chinese men accused of working without permits at Lam's
online gambling operation in Clark Field, a former U.S. air
force base in the Philippines.
An associate of Lam had tried to secure their release,
according to the country's police chief Ronald Dela Rosa, who
also said Lam had left the Philippines but was willing to return
and assist in any investigations.
Duterte has also ordered the seizure of Lam's assets in the
Philippines after he accused him of not paying the correct
(Reporting by Enrico dela Cruz; Editing by Dale Hudson)