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Duterte sacks immigration officials as graft unveiled

Philip­pine president Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the sacking of immigration officials and employees allegedly involved in a bribery scheme allowing hundreds of thousands of China nationals to illegally work for Philippine offshore gaming operators, or Pogos, as a whistleblower unravelled more details of payoffs during a Senate hearing.“The President considers this anomaly, which some define as the ‘pastillas scheme’, as a grave form of corruption which cannot be countenanced by the government, ” said spokesman Salvador Panelo on Thursday.

More Philippine immigration officers sacked as witness details scam

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN): President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the sacking of all immigration officials and employees allegedly involved in a bribery scheme that allowed hundreds of thousands of Chinese to illegally enter the country to work for Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos) as a whistleblower unravelled more details of the airport payoffs during a Senate hearing on Thursday (Feb 20).

Less jail term for confidante of ousted S. Korea leader

Seoul: The secret confidante of former South Korean president Park Geun-hye, who played a central role in the corruption scandal that toppled the disgraced ex-leader, has had her prison sentence cut by two years in a retrial.