PRRD READS OUT NAMES TAGGED IN ‘PASTILLAS’ SCHEME
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday made public the identities of immigration officials allegedly involved in the so-called “pastillas” bribery scheme that allowed the unimpeded entry of Chinese tourists into the country.
The President said the scheme was “vast” at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where he alleged that “almost all” immigration officials assigned were being bribed.
“They are now suspended but connected sa pastillas. This may result in their dismissal, or exoneration if warranted,” he said, adding the Office of the Ombudsman ordered their suspension.
At least 19 immigration officials were earlier charged for their alleged involvement in the scheme, which had illegal Chinese workers coming to the Philippines as tourists and paying at least P10,000 as grease money so they could enter even without the proper work visas.