Philippines: Duterte warns anew vs. corruption as he meets with ‘pastillas’ group

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the President sent a strong message about the need to stop corruption when he tried to feed the immigration staff with money wrapped in a bond paper like the Filipino delicacy.

Around 40 immigration personnel either suspended or charged by the Office of the Ombudsman over the bribery scandal were summoned by the President to a meeting in the Palace Monday. They were reportedly silent while the President addressed them.

The immigration bureau has recently been placed under scrutiny after several personnel were linked to the alleged pastillas bribery scam.  Chinese workers allegedly paid bribes to some immigration officials to facilitate their smooth entry to the country.

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